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Commissioner Discusses Surveillance Technology

SURVEILLANCE

August 17, 2012

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart weighs in on a recent controversy over hundreds of leaked e-mails at the hands of Wikileaks, CBC reports. Following the leaks, one analysis firm asserted that Trapwire surveillance technology may be in use in Canada. Stoddart says, however, that her office has “not evaluated this technology or learned of its use within Canada outside of this report of a third-party report. Our office, however, is interested in initiatives that would use such surveillance technology and impact on privacy in pursuit of greater security.” She offers advice to organizations considering using such technology, asking “is the loss of privacy proportional to the need?”
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