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CSEC Commissioner: Canadians May Have Been Illegally Targeted in Surveillance Activities

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Thursday August 22, 2013
The Communications Security Establishment Commissioner released his annual report yesterday with findings that some Canadians may have been the subject of surveillance activities in violation of the law. The finding states:

I had no concern with respect to the majority of the CSEC activities reviewed. However, a small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law. A number of CSEC records relating to these activities were unclear or incomplete. After in-depth and lengthy review, I was unable to reach a definitive conclusion about compliance or non-compliance with the law.

The Commissioner also recommended the expansion of privacy protections in the context of CSEC assistance to CSIS and acknowledged that " it is in the international sharing of personal information where the risks are higher than for sharing involving domestic partners."  He is working on a report on the sharing of information with Canada's closest international partners that should be concluded within the next few months.
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Crockett said:

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"... small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law"

Too bad we don't have a Canadian Snowden to let us know how 'small' that number of records actually is.

I had to laugh at the Big 3 telling us how Verizon was too big a security risk ... Canadian companies would never ever be so dastardly.
August 22, 2013

Shrug said:

Things that make you go hm
Bell, Rogers and Videotron hand over their subscribers information to copyright trolls who don't even show that they have copyright rights to any works at all. They don't even bother showing themselves in court.

Think about that.

Now think about how they react to government spooks asking for anyone and everyone's information.
August 22, 2013

Gregg said:

To Make Things More Suspicious....
Many proxies with Canadian IP addresses have gone down simultaneously in the past 48 hours.
August 23, 2013

Jason K said:

@Gregg
Not surprising since it seems as of late the US Security establishment and this "five eyes" surveillance alliance Canada is a part of (which probably includes Canadian Telecos from big to indie) are desperately trying to gain control and/or slow down the conversation around the NSA leaks I would suspect if proxies are still down. A very good piece of the tactics being used to try and obtain that control is from former CIA operative Barry Eisler:

http://barryeisler.blogspot.ca/2013/08/david-miranda-and-preclusion-of-privacy.html


August 23, 2013

Jason K said:

...
Anyone who's interested in this weeks developments surrounding the NSA, I've posted a weekly round up of the big developments here:

http://jkoblovsky.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/nsa-weekly-roundup-august-23rd-2013/
August 23, 2013

JamesC said:

A bit of a contradiction?
Please explain how the following two statements are not contradictory:
"However, a small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law."
And then, later:
"After in-depth and lengthy review, I was unable to reach a definitive conclusion about compliance or non-compliance with the law."
Is it simply because the CSEC commissioner qualified the initial sentence with "suggested the possibility"?
August 26, 2013

RoyalPhunk said:

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if he cant reach a conclusion that wrong doing has happened then we really have no oversight what so ever.
August 26, 2013

Jason K said:

@JamesC
From one of the journalists that met with Ed Snowden:

"This program deploys NSA's XKeyscore "DeepDive" internet buffer technology which slows down the internet to allow GCHQ to spy on global communications, including those of UK citizens. Tempora relies on the "corporate partnership" of UK telecoms, including British Telecommunications and Vodafone. Revealing the secret partnerships between spy agencies and telecoms entrusted with the private communications of citizens is journalism, not terrorism."

Bell is partnered up with Microsoft e-mail service state side, and Rogers is partnered up with Yahoo. I would suspect that the scope of this goes into Canadian Telecom and ISPs. Leaked documents reveal that Canada is part of the "Five-Eyes" intelligence alliance, that's being exposed here.
August 26, 2013

Jason K said:

@JamesC
Sorry forgot to include link. Here it is:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/laura-poitras-on-british-attacks-on-press-freedom-and-the-nsa-affair-a-918592.html
August 26, 2013

PH said:

Trilateral Commission Still Alive Under Another Name
Canada has always been a Family Compact Haven from the time of exclusive charters to make money from the Kings of England and France. It still is today as many of the same families still hold sway in "governing" the affairs of this new world state. They've been joined by the telecommunications, petroleum, financial and land development magnates among others. Ever heard of a "poor" telecoms owner, banker or oilman? Thought not.

Money talks and we are the colonials who persist in standing in line for the expensive but meagre offerings of outdated phones (yes, compared to the developing nations in Asia and Africa) and creative bookkeeping and monopolistic support of federal governments under the guise of Canadian content. Utter nonsense for the payers.

The Trilateral Commission actually lives even if you've never heard of it. That's how successful it is. And citizens have no choice. We're actually paying for those multimillion dollar double page spreads in every newspaper in deducted taxes write offs.
August 26, 2013

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