A new lawsuit filed in Canada argues that the Canadian government is asking citizens to replace passwords on their cellphones, computers, and other devices by signing into their account using a fingerprint reader instead.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Supreme Court of British Columbia is the latest effort by Canadians to challenge the government’s demand for biometric authentication.
The plaintiffs allege that the government has made the change to the Canadian Passport and Registration System, or CPTS, a “one-time” requirement for new Canadian residents, while claiming that a number of other countries already require biometric technology on passports and other documents.
“It’s the first time that we’ve had to go through the whole process,” said one of the lawyers involved in the case.
The federal government and the Crown, the provincial government and other parties in the legal battle, contend that Canada has made its biometric program a one-time requirement and that Canadians have the right to opt out.
The CPTS is the government agency that administers the CPTS.
It’s a system that’s been used for decades to provide biometric security for passports, bank accounts, social security numbers and other sensitive personal information.
It is a government system that uses biometrically identifiable information and is overseen by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
However, the suit alleges that the CBSA is forcing Canadians to pay a fee to register and login to the system to make it easier to log in to the digital world.
The suit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of a group of Canadian-born immigrants who are citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, New Zealand and the United States, asks the court to strike down the government mandate.
The group of plaintiffs, known as the Canadian Coalition for Openness and Protection of Canadians, argues that there’s a lack of transparency and privacy concerns with the system, which is supposed to only require a fingerprint and is designed to be “as simple as possible.”
The suit also asks the courts to hold the government in contempt of court if it refuses to comply with the court order.
A spokesman for the CBTS said that the service is fully compliant with all court orders, but the government is not required to do so and is making changes to the service to make sure it complies.
The Conservative government has argued that Canadians will be able to opt in or out of the program once they have been granted citizenship.
It has also argued that the privacy concerns will be mitigated if they have to pay an extra fee for biometrical access to the passport.
Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and many other countries have all introduced biometric requirements for passports or other sensitive documents.
Some countries are pushing for a national fingerprint-based system.
But critics say that it would be far too expensive to implement and it’s not clear that the cost would outweigh the benefits.
The government has also said that it will not force people to submit their fingerprints or photos, a process that the lawsuit alleges violates the privacy of Canadians.