VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Here’s something to think about as you cross the border into the States this long weekend: what’s happening with your personal information once it’s gathered at the border?

A new 12-point statement of privacy principles has been unveiled as part of the perimeter security deal between the US and Canada.

The charter says your personal details can be passed on to a number of entities in the States and other countries.

And you don’t need to be told when your info gets passed on.

Micheal Vonn with the BC Civil Liberties Association says that information can act against you.

“Information that flows to the US can find you on a no-fly list fairly readily and those lists have ramifications for all kinds of things, including Canadians trying to travel abroad and Canadians trying to get home from abroad,” she insists.

And she says even trivial incidents from your past can be dredged up.

“Thirty-year-old civil disobedience convictions, or having been involved in the mental health system in Canada are being used as excuses to not letting people into the States,” she insists.

She stresses efforts to protect our privacy are only covered by the charter, not by any laws, which means any privacy breaches can go unprosecuted.

Canada’s privacy watchdog Jennifer Stoddart has already said she’d like people to be able to review their files and correct inaccuracies in those files.

A major concern with the security deal is that information about people crossing the border can be relayed back to the country they were leaving. Those details then can be used to track people who may be overstaying their visas or defrauding the immigration or employment insurance systems.