The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has filed a formal complaint to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, alleging that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) violated individual privacy rights through its participation in the reality TV show Border Security. The complaint was made on behalf of a migrant worker whose arrest at a construction site during a CBSA immigration raid was filmed by the production crew.
Tamara Hunter, head of the Davis LLP Privacy Law Compliance Group, was interviewed by CBC News on the issue. Hunter comments that while the filming of the raid does seem to be a breach of the Privacy Act, it is unlikely that the complaint will lead to the show being taken off the air – a wish expressed by the BCCLA – because the federal Commissioner does not have order-making power.