Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Three "must reads" and one "don't look"

Some excellent must-read coverage/commentary on CSEC issues today:

1) An analysis of the legal issues around CSEC metadata monitoring:

- Craig Forcese, "Armchair Metalawyering Metadata: CSEC's Mandate and the Latest Snowden Release," National Security Law blog, 4 February 2014

2) A commentary on why ensuring legal compliance and improving CSEC oversight are not enough:

- Michael Geist, "Against Oversight: Why Fixing the Oversight of Canadian Surveillance Won't Solve the Problem," michaelgeist.ca, 4 February 2014

3) An explanation of what CSEC was trying to achieve in its IP Profiling Analytics & Mission Impacts project:

- "Did CSEC really track Canadian airport travellers?" Top Level Communications blog, 4 February 2014

The "don't look" was today's House of Commons debate on CSEC surveillance.

Don't bother looking. Just keep reminding yourself: Worst form of government except for all the rest. Worst form of government except for all the rest.

Update 10:30 pm:

And still I can't help looking...

If nothing else, the day's events sent a pretty clear signal that the Harper government has no intention of augmenting parliamentary oversight of CSEC and other agencies.

Coverage:
- Jim Bronskill, "Liberals' CSEC Watchdog Committee Motion Shut Down By Tories," Canadian Press, 4 February 2014
- Trinh Theresa Do, "Liberals call for parliamentary oversight of CSIS, CSEC," CBC News, 4 February 2014

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