CSEC Defends Use of Metadata; Is New Law Needed?
SURVEILLANCEFebruary 7, 2014
John Forster, the head of Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), is defending CSEC “over revelations contained in a document released by U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden,” CBC News reports. Forster’s comments followed a report CSEC used airport WiFi to track Canadian passengers’ movements, the report states, noting, “Forster did not deny the story but said CSEC was acting within the law.” Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said the law should be updated as metadata appears nowhere in the current act, and Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier has indicated the “potential for privacy invasion calls for commensurate protection, including an updated law,” the report states. In other surveillance-related news, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn have published new U.S. government data request statistics.