World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


CSEC Retained Private Communications of Canadians

Fresh Revelations That CSEC Retained Private Communications of Canadians Underline Need for Much Stronger Transparency, Oversight, And Accountability, Says OpenMedia.Ca

The government’s spy agency CSEC intercepted and deliberately retained the private communications of 66 Canadian citizens last year. The interceptions were made without a warrant and without judicial oversight. These revelations were contained in an official report by CSEC’s Commissioner Jean-Pierre Plouffe. The report did not reveal how many Canadians in total had their private communications spied on by CSEC before being discarded as irrelevant.

According to OpenMedia.ca, a community-based group working to safeguard Canadians’ privacy, the report raises more questions than it answers, and underlines the need for much greater transparency, independent oversight, and accountability for CSEC.

“These fresh revelations will do little to assure law-abiding Canadians who simply want to communicate online without being spied on by their own government,” said OpenMedia.ca spokesperson David Christopher. “First CSEC assured us they didn't spy on Canadians. Then they admitted to ‘incidentally’ collecting private data. Now it's been officially revealed CSEC retained the private communications of dozens of Canadians, all of which were intercepted without a warrant. And they still aren’t coming clean about exactly how many Canadians had their private communications spied on before being discarded.”

Christopher continued: “It’s no wonder so many Canadians are calling for much stronger transparency, accountability, and independent oversight of CSEC’s activities. The government should listen to Canadians and support common sense measures, such as those proposed by Liberal MP Joyce Murray, to create stronger parliamentary oversight and more robust public reporting obligations. Every resident of Canada deserves to live free from fear of government surveillance and we’ll keep up our campaign until we get the strong privacy protections we deserve.”

Tens of thousands of Canadians are calling for effective privacy safeguards at http://OurPrivacy.ca

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news