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Canadians are asking questions about their internet privacy after learning the U.S. government is involved in widespread metadata mining. (iStock)

News that the U.S. government has for years been collecting data about U.S. phone records and acquiring records of online communication (e-mails, videos and other data) from nine United States Internet companies has angered Americans and spurred at least two lawsuits.

Government assurances that it is not listening in "on anyone's phone calls," or that the acquisitions took place only after approval by "a robust legal regime," as California Sen. Dianne Feinstein claimed, have not quelled the debate.

And as the debate grows in the U.S., it is prompting questions here in the Canada about what surveillance our own government might be doing - and the security of Canadians' privacy.

For Canadians under 30, who already share much of their personal lives online in blogs, on Facebook, on Twitter or Instagram, the questions are especially pertinent.

On Thursday, CBC Live Online welcomed your questions about data surveillance and what it means for you.

Watch here to see guest host Fabiola Carletti and special guests, including:

  • Daphne Guerrero, the manager of public outreach and education for the Officer of the Privacy Commissioner.
  • Tamir Israel, staff lawyer with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa.
  • Alfred Hermida, an online news pioneer and associate professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Tags: CBC Live Online, Technology

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