Is Canada's spy agency eavesdropping on the private communications of Canadians?
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says unchecked government surveillance is a grave threat to democratic freedoms. It's suing a federal agency for spying on Canadians.
There are recent allegations suggesting that CSEC or the Communications Security Establishment Canada not only spies on foreign governments -- but spies on Canadians.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says that CSEC violates Canadians' charter rights by intercepting private communications. And this week it launched a lawsuit against the Canadian Spy agency.
We invited CSEC to speak with us. It replied that it can not comment on the case specifically because the matter is before the courts.
Its statement goes on to say:
All of CSE's activities are independently reviewed by the CSE Commissioner who, for sixteen years, has reported that CSE continues to act lawfully in the conduct of its current activities.
Long before there was a concept of Big Brother, people were resentful of governments looking over their shoulders. But some say government snooping is essential to keep Canada and Canadians safe... and competitive.
John Ferris is a professor of history and a fellow at the centre for Military and Strategic studies. He maintains spying is all a part of living in a secure society. He was in Calgary.
What do you think? When is it ok to spy? Share your thoughts.
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Peter Mitton.
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