Canadians, Americans deem post-9/11 security laws intrusive, new study finds

An international study finds a high level of concern about new anti-terrorism laws.

Almost half of Canadians and an even larger percentage of Americans say they find laws enacted since the 9-11 terror attacks in the U.S. to be intrusive.

The study by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., looked at how 9,000 people in eight countries view surveillance and privacy.

It’s believed to be the first cross-cultural study of its kind.

In other findings, two-thirds of Canadian respondents said they were worried about providing personal information on websites.

About six in 10 Canadians rejected racial profiling at airports for security purposes, while only one-third of Americans objected.

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