Canada’s digital spies are watching what you obtain

Canada's digital spies are watching what you download

It isn’t simply American and British spies who need to know what you are downloading. Paperwork leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that Canada’s digital surveillance company, the Communication Safety Institution, has been monitoring the file switch exercise of a minimum of 102 websites, together with Megaupload (whereas it was operating), Rapidshare and Sendspace. The trouble, codenamed Levitation, is supposed to identify overseas terrorists utilizing these file providers to conduct their operations. It might solely internet a consumer’s IP handle in lots of instances, however the CSE can run its findings by way of databases from allied intelligence businesses (similar to GCHQ and the NSA) to get names, e mail addresses and different private particulars.

Officers will solely say that they are “clearly mandated” to scoop up overseas knowledge as a way to shield the nation, and there is proof that it typically works — they discovered particulars of a hostage-taking technique this manner, for example. As with different mass surveillance packages, although, the priority is that harmless individuals (together with Canadians) are getting caught up within the dragnet. It isn’t clear how a lot knowledge the CSE has, how lengthy it is allowed to maintain that content material, and whether or not or not it is handing info over to different nations for their very own functions. With out additional accountability, it is arduous to know that the federal government within the Nice White North is dealing with your obtain knowledge in a accountable approach.

[Picture credit score: the writer, Flickr]

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