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Info sharing between CSIS and CSEC concerns security watchdog – Politics – CBC News

Info sharing between CSIS and CSEC concerns security watchdog – Politics – CBC News. (source)

A federal review agency says sensitive information gathered by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service could be abused by Canada's allies due to lax sharing policies, in an annual report tabled in Parliament on Thursday.A federal review agency says sensitive information gathered by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service could be abused by Canada’s allies due to lax sharing policies, in an annual report tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

A federal review agency says sensitive information gathered by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service could be abused by Canada’s allies due to lax sharing policies.

In its annual report, the watchdog that keeps an eye on CSIS flags concerns about what happens to intelligence that CSIS passes to the national eavesdropping agency, which in turn shares the details with foreign allies.

The report underscores the fact CSIS is collaborating ever more closely with Communications Security Establishment Canada, which has come under scrutiny lately due to its participation in the international Five Eyes alliance.

CSEC, which monitors foreign telephone, satellite and Internet traffic, shares information with the U.S. National Security Agency and counterparts in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

The American NSA has been the subject of almost daily headlines due to leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that have revealed the agency’s vast surveillance of worldwide communications.

In its report, tabled in Parliament, the Security Intelligence Review Committee recommends CSIS develop clearer and more robust principles of co-operation with CSEC to ensure appropriate information sharing.

CSEC Sued: B.C. Civil Liberties Group Launches Suit Over Constitutional Rights

CSEC Sued: B.C. Civil Liberties Group Launches Suit Over Constitutional Rights. (source/link)

A civil liberties watchdog is suing Canada’s electronic spy agency for allegedly breaching the constitutional rights of Canadians.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Communications Security Establishment Canada violates the Charter of Rights by intercepting Canadians’ private communications.

The organization filed the lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Ottawa-based CSEC monitors foreign communications — from email and phone calls to faxes and satellite transmissions — for intelligence of interest to Canada.

CSEC says it operates within all Canadian laws, including the charter, the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Privacy Act.

The National Security Agency, CSEC’s American counterpart, is at the centre of a storm of leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that document the U.S. agency’s vast reach into cyberspace.

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