July 8, 2013
OpenMedia original article
What do Canadian companies have to say about mass surveillance in Canada?
But is that the whole story? In the wake of revelations about PRISM, one of several bulk surveillance efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency, Canadians have been wondering if something similar has been happening here, wherein the data of millions is getting scooped up in whole, stored, and analysed at some later date. Last month, the Globe and Mail revealed the existence of a metadata surveillance effort by CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). CSEC, our little-known equivalent to the NSA, is tasked with “foreign signals intelligence,” but as the Globe revealed, they’ve also been spying on Canadians. Metadata is information about a communication (say, who sent a message, to whom, when, and from where) but does not include the message itself. The Globe learned through access to information requests that CSEC has spied on bulk metadata, but reported nothing on how CSEC was obtaining this data, or on which companies have been aiding them.
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