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Court Disclosure and Constitutional Rights: Should the CSE disclose information in court?

June 25, 2016

 

Earlier this month, a senior official of Communications Security Establishment (CSE) stated that forcing court disclosure would prevent close allies from sharing intelligence with the Canadian government, information that may be pertinent to the security of Canadian citizens.

 

This came after the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) sued the agency, claiming it breached "constitutional rights of Canadians by intercepting their private communications." This includes metadata containing information such as telephone numbers and email addresses, but not the messages themselves. The CSE has been very secretive about what information they collect from Canadian citizens, and this is what has been most alarming to the BCCLA.

 

The federal Liberals have expressed concerns about the CSE, but continue to oppose the lawsuit against the surveillance agency.

 

Read more about this issue here, here, here, and here.

 

What do you think? Should the CSE disclose the information they collect? Or is their operation a reasonable limit on the privacy of Canadian citizens?

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