Toronto Pearson airport facial recognition test

July 2021
Updated: January 2022

The Globe and Mail has revealed that Government of Canada officials 'quietly' tested facial recognition at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in 2016. The aim of the six-month trial was to detect travelers using fake identities.

Other than a brief statement on its website, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) failed to inform travellers that their faces were being scanned. Not did it specify which airport was being used for the trial.

Details of the trial were obtained by The Globe through a freedom of information request.

Operator: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Face4 Systems
Country: Canada
Govt - immigration
Purpose: Identify deported travellers
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy
Governance - existence; Privacy - consent