Ottawa to assess Canada-U.S. data sharing project

The federal government is commissioning an independent review of a data sharing project with the United States that aims to track every man, woman and child travelling across the border.

The Canada Border Services Agency said Monday it will require an independent assessment of the Entry/Exit Initiative, a $139-million project announced as part of the 2011 Beyond the Border agreement with the U.S. The review is required before moving to the next phase of the initiative.

The Entry/Exit Initiative is meant to establish a shared system between CBSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for biographical data on those travelling across the border.