CBSA survey raises concerns over use of personal info

Employers should consider privacy laws when asking intrusive questions: Lawyer
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/15/2012

A voluntary employee “integrity questionnaire” introduced by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has shocked the union and raised the eyebrows of legal experts.

The survey asks 57 questions, many of which the union representing Canadian customs and border agents finds sensitive and intrusive. They cover a range of topics from whether an employee has ever solicited a prostitute to how much alcohol he or she drinks every week.

“I was shocked,” says Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU).