Nicholas Keung reports:
Ottawa’s expanded biometric screening program will cause further hassles for travellers and compromise privacy, say critics.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced an injection of $312.6 million for expanding the existing program for all foreign nationals entering Canada on a visa by 2018.
All travellers from these 151 countries, whether they’re tourists, students, migrant workers, refugees or immigrants, must submit fingerprints and digital photos to Canadian authorities for screening in their visa applications, and be matched upon their arrival at ports of entry.
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