Canadian Biometric I.D. Proposals Spark Concern

Canada is creeping toward a "surveillance society" with proposals to incorporate biometric information in identity papers

The paper adds that the case for including biometrics on the existing citizenship card "has not been proven to this point, and further study is needed."

A federal blueprint on national security released in April said the government would examine how to use biometrics in the border and immigration systems to improve travel and proof-of-status documents, as well as to confirm the identity of travellers to Canada.

The government has already confirmed plans to issue a revamped passport beginning next year featuring a computer chip containing a photo of the holder and basic personal information.