Privacy concerns lead to ArriveCan app investigation

Mike Campbell

August 1, 2022

The federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the invasive ArriveCan app over a privacy complaint.

Privacy concerns lead to investigation into ArriveCan
Privacy concerns lead to investigation into ArriveCan

“Our office has received and is currently investigating a complaint that raises concerns with respect to the collection of personal information through ArriveCAN and subsequent use of that information,” wrote the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in an email.

The Commissioner’s Office won’t say who or where the complaint came from because the investigation is “ongoing.” Still, pending the investigation, this could be what takes down the app once and for all.

The Liberal government initially shoehorned in the ArriveCan app as a voluntary Covid safety precaution, which quickly became a mandatory requirement. But now, despite the need for the app being long past, Liberal Safety Minister Mendicino claims that the app has further evolved into an airport convenience measure.

However, critics everywhere have had enough of Liberals’ shifting narrative.

“The idea that that public health rationale was used in a time of fear and crisis to push this forward. You can’t just coast off of that and then switch the purpose of the app,” tech analyst Bianca Wylie told Global News.

In June, US politicians tweeted about how the app was costing Canada tourism money after having received calls from constituents who were so frustrated by it that they’d given up going to Canada. Some got as far as the border before they turned their cars around.

To this point, the CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada has also called for an end to the app, as have mayors on both sides of the border.

And, as the privacy commissioner digs into complaints, people continue to question some peculiarities about the app – such as it having more reviews than popular apps such as Tinder and Uber. 

Whatever comes from this investigation, frustrations with the app will likely continue until it’s scrapped.

Share this story

Help Keep your News Free

Share this story

It's crucial we stay in touch

Big Tech wants to censor us, that’s why you need to stay in touch.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE...

Trending News

Canada’s 2022 excess deaths trajectory is on pace to shatter the total from 2021 – and obliterate that from 2020.

Mike Campbell

January 27, 2023

Trending News

Canada had more excess deaths in vaccine-coerced 2021 than in 2020 when the pandemic supposedly ravaged the country coast to coast — without vaccines.

Mike Campbell

January 26, 2023

Trending News

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said Albertans would lose 25% of their economy if the federal government’s Just Transition proposal becomes law under a provincial NDP government.  

TCS Wire

January 17, 2023

Trending News

Over 53,000 Canadians have suffered an adverse effect from the Covid-19 vaccine, whereas just under 50,000 Canadians have died from the virus. 

Mike Campbell

January 17, 2023

Trending News

Alberta professor and Covid-19 vaccine influencer Tim Caulfield blocked a debate moderator on Twitter after she shared an open letter from vaccine critic Byram Bridle challenging Caulfield to a debate.

Mike Campbell

January 16, 2023

Trending News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a manual instructing governments on how to stem criticism over vaccines.

Mike Campbell

January 13, 2023

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.