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CSEC Spying Allegations Surface

SURVEILLANCE

August 23, 2013

Toronto Sun reports on allegations the country’s cryptologic agency, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), “may have been illegally snooping on Canadians.” The CSEC’s commission, whose job is to ensure the agency is complying with Canadian law, issued a report Wednesday that a "small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law.” CSEC operations focus on electronic surveillance and assisting the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. “Defence Minister Rob Nicholson needs to release all information related to this spying immediately,” the NDP’s Jack Harris said. Meanwhile, three Canadian telcos are campaigning against Verizon’s entry into the country citing the U.S. NSA spying allegations.
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