Friday, January 31, 2014

CBC: CSEC spied on Canadians' metadata

A CSEC document leaked by Edward Snowden shows that CSEC spied on the metadata of Canadians and other persons in Canada as part of a program to track travellers through their connections to Wi-Fi hotspots at airports and other locations (Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald & Ryan Gallagher, "CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents," CBC News, 30 January 2014):
A top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News shows that Canada's electronic spy agency used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.

After reviewing the document, one of Canada's foremost authorities on cyber-security says the clandestine operation by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was almost certainly illegal.
Additional coverage here:

- Jessica McDiarmid, "Canadian spy agency gleaned passengers’ data from airport’s wifi: CBC," Toronto Star, 30 January 2014

CBC plans to post the source document soon. More comments then.

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