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Privacy watchdog on spy agency’s data collection: ‘We want to find out more’

Canada’s privacy watchdog says it needs to know more about a secret government program that collects the “metadata” surrounding Canadian and global communications.

He couldn’t say immediately whether officials in his office have access to top secret information. But Mr. Hutchinson said that his office would be reaching out to another watchdog agency that is cleared to scrutinize programs being run by the ultrasecretive Canadian electronic-eavesdropping agency, Communications Security Establishment Canada.

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