Later this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech on U.S. surveillance activities in which he is expected to establish
new limitations on the program. While the measures will likely fall
well short of what many believe is necessary, it is notable that the
surveillance issue has emerged as a significant political issue since
the Snowden leaks and the U.S. government has recognized the need to
Reaction to the Snowden leaks in the U.S. has not been limited to political responses. In recent months, Verizon
and AT&T, the two U.S. telecom giants, announced plans to issue
regular transparency reports on the number of law enforcement
requests they receive for customer information. The telecom
transparency reports come following a similar trend from leading
Internet companies such as Google,
The U.S. reaction stands in stark contrast to the situation in Canada.
Canadian government officials have said little about Canadian
surveillance activities, despite leaks of spying activities, cooperation with the NSA, a federal court decision that criticized the intelligence agencies for misleading the court, and a domestic metadata program which remains shrouded in secrecy. In fact, the government seems to have moved in the opposite direction, by adopting a lower threshold for warrants seeking metadata than is required for standard warrants in Bill C-13.
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