Terrorist Links May not Lead to Canada's No-Fly Roster

Inclusion on the list would be limited to those who pose 'an immediate threat to aviation security.'

Initially, the office would determine whether the person is actually on the list, or merely has a name similar to a listed individual.

Within three days of receiving a person's notarized identity papers, the office would clarify whether the individual is listed or merely a victim of mistaken identity.

Once it is established that someone is actually on the list, the individual could submit written reasons as to why he or she should not be included.

The office would retain independent experts with a background in security law to review the submission and forward a recommendation to the minister, who would decide whether the person remained on the list. It is hoped the entire process would take no more than 30 days.

The source said that in the interests of privacy, the no-fly list would not be used by authorities for purposes other than aviation safety, and airlines would be required to keep the roster confidential.

Colin Bennett, a University of Victoria political scientist, doubts the list will be as tightly guarded as officials say.

''There's no way that that kind of information can be kept as restricted as they claim it will be,'' he said in an interview.

Transport Canada spokeswoman Vanessa Vermette said that in coming weeks the department will release a summary of the privacy impact assessment it has drafted for the program.

The assessment, which includes measures to minimize privacy breaches, is now being studied by Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart's office.

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