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Your privacy rights

Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to protecting your privacy by keeping your personal information and your personal health information accurate, confidential and secure. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) set the rules for how we may collect, use, and disclose your personal information.

Once your personal information is shared with U.S. authorities, it will be stored in the U.S. Border Crossing Information system and retained for 75 years. Manitoba and Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information retained by the U.S. government and its agencies. For more information see the Protecting Your Privacy brochure, available at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or online at www.mpi.mb.ca.

To discuss a concern about the collection and handling of your personal information, or to review your own information held in our care, contact:

Manitoba Public Insurance

Access and Privacy Co-ordinator

912-234 Donald Street, Box 6300

Winnipeg MB R3C 4A4

204-985-7525

Facsimile: 204-942-1133

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Is your personal information safe?

The transponder in your Manitoba EIC is passive – that means it does not have its own power source and does not send out information on its own. It must be activated by an RFID scanner and can only be activated when it’s removed from its protective sleeve and within readable range (a maximum of 4.5 metres) of an RFID scanner, such as at the U.S. border. By keeping your card in its protective sleeve you will keep your RFID identification number secure until you present it to a customs official for reading.

There is currently no on/off switch on the Manitoba EIC. On/off technology is new and not yet commercially viable. However, Manitoba Public Insurance will consider using an on/off switch in the future, as the technology becomes more advanced.

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Using your card: Three Steps for U.S. land border entry

  1. While stopped, the driver and all passengers should pull out their Manitoba EICs and remove them from their protective sleeves. Wait for notice to proceed. The process may vary, depending on the location. At some, you will see a green light that signals you to advance to the booth. At others, proceed when the vehicle ahead of you clears or the officer waves you ahead.
  2. As you drive through the lane, the driver and all passengers should hold their Manitoba EICs up so that the flat face of the card shows through any window on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Your cards will be read as you travel down the lane.
  3. Proceed to the customs booth. Your information will now be displayed on the customs officer’s screen and will be used to verify your identity and confirm that the card is valid and that you are the rightful cardholder. Stop for inspection and be prepared to show the officer documents for all travelers in the vehicle, if requested.

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Using your protective sleeve to help secure your personal information

The Manitoba EIC comes with a protective sleeve to prevent the RFID chip from being read by an unintended scanner. You should keep it in its protective sleeve at all times when not in use, otherwise it could be read by an unintended scanner. This is important because if your RFID chip is read by an unintended scanner, the scanner would be able to retrieve your personal RFID identification number. The responsibility of privacy protection rests with you. If you do not use the sleeve properly, your privacy could be at risk. The other personal information associated with this number, such as your name and address, remains stored in a secure Canadian database.

If your protective sleeve is torn or otherwise damaged, immediately obtain a replacement sleeve free of charge from an Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre.

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How does it work?

Each Manitoba EIC is embedded with a transponder that contains a memory chip and an antenna. It’s important to note that the RFID chip contains one piece of personal information. The memory chip holds an identification number that corresponds to your personal information, which is stored in a secure Canada Border Services Agency database in Ottawa.

RFID scanners at U.S. border crossings signal the antenna to send the identification number back to the scanner. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials then use this number to retrieve information about you from the secure Canadian database.

RFID technology makes crossing the border faster and more convenient by identifying you as a Manitoba EIC holder before you arrive at the customs station. You simply take your card out of its protective sleeve in the car, and the border official can retrieve information to verify your eligibility to enter the U.S.

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What is RFID?

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a wireless technology that stores and retrieves information remotely. It has been used for over 30 years and can be found in many car keys and bank cards. In Canada, RFID technology has been used in border crossing cards, such as NEXUS and FAST cards, since 1995.

RFID technology is a U.S. requirement for enhanced identification cards that will be accepted under new U.S. border crossing rules. The Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) contains an RFID chip to meet this requirement

The Manitoba EIC is voluntary. If you’re thinking about applying for one, you should read the Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card Applicant’s Guide first. You can pick up a copy at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or view it online at www.mpi.mb.ca.

If you have concerns about using a card that contains an RFID chip, you may wish to obtain a passport. However, even if you use a passport, once your personal information is shared with U.S. Border Crossing Information system and retained for 75 years.

Manitoba and Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information retained by the U.S. government and its agencies. For more information see the Protecting Your Privacy brochure, available at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or online at www.mpi.mb.ca.

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