How the Canadian government can spy on your online activities


One cyber-law expert says Canadians should think about what they do online, as the government could be making notes.

“The problem is we don’t really know what they’re up to because they won’t tell anyone,” says Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor.

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), a government agency that acts as a cyber counter-terrorism unit, has come under scrutiny following headlines about Edward Snowden — an IT specialist working for the CIA.

Reports about governments collecting information on their own citizens surfaced after Snowden, who worked in the counter-terrorism department of the CIA, leaked an e-mail showing the U.S. government wanted Verizon to turn over information about calls made by customers between the months of April and May of this year.

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