Revelations last week that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was spying on Canadians cell phones through airport Wi-Fi networks only came to light due to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ontario’s privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said she was”blown away” by the news, adding that CSEC’s methods seemed those of a “totalitarian state, not a free and open society.”
Snowden’s cache of leaked documents also showed that that CSEC was helping the U.S. government to use their embassy as a listening post on Canadian soil during the G20 summit in 2010. Last month a federal court judge ruled that CSEC made a “deliberate decision to keep the court in the dark” about asking foreign governments to spy on Canadians.
Not to worry. The person chosen to chair the Security Intelligence Review Committee responsible for keeping an impartial eye on Canada’s security apparatus was former Harper cabinet minister Chuck Strahl. Small world.