#CyberFLASH: Privacy commissioner calls for major surveillance reforms to protect Canadians

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OTTAWA — Sweeping changes are needed to the way intelligence agencies and government departments collect, use and disclose Canadians’ private information, including from social media, the federal privacy commissioner told Parliament on Tuesday.

Among 10 recommendations tabled in a special report, interim federal Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier calls for the reform of existing privacy legislation to curb the “over-collection of personal data” by federal security intelligence services, police and departments.

The report recommends tougher controls over how personal information is disclosed to others, including foreign governments, and for a government White Paper clarifying the mandates of Canada’s intelligence community and how they should co-operate with foreign security services.

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