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CSEC Statement on BCCLA lawsuit

Posted by Matt on October 28, 2013         Tagged with: surveillance, csec

A recent episode of CBC's The Current focused on the BCCLA lawsuit against CSEC. CSEC was invited to participate in the episode, but declined. They did offer this statement, which as far as I know is the only public statement they've released about the litigation:

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.

Of course, that's not EXACTLY what the Commissioner reported. In his most recent report, he stated:

I had no concern with respect to the majority of the CSEC activities reviewed. However, a small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to law. A number of CSEC records relating to these activities were unclear or incomplete. After in-depth and lengthy review, I was unable to reach a definitive conclusion about compliance or non-compliance with the law.

It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit unfolds.