CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Canada’s electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned.

Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed “Levitation” are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News.

Under Levitation, analysts with the electronic eavesdropping service can access information on about 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads of files from free websites each day, the document says.

“Every single thing that you do — in this case uploading/downloading files to these sites — that act is being archived, collected and analyzed,” says Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto-based internet security think-tank Citizen Lab, who reviewed the document.

  • Xavier

    Well then start arresting everyone downloading goat porn.
    There’s your Islamic extremists.

    Or is that off limits because it’s normal Moslem behavior?

    • Exile1981

      I would have suggested anyone downloading kiddy porn be arrested but that would too few people in the Liberal party.

      • Xavier

        I’ve been thinking about downloading the Qur’an from the torrent sites, inserting a few special passages and pictures, then reuploading it.

        • Exile1981

          OMG that would be hilarious. Don’t forget to change it to 72 virgin he-goats.

        • Ha!

        • Maggat

          Fill your boots, but please share it with the rest of us!

    • Cripes that would be half of Pakistan.

    • ntt1

      Nah this time it’s PETA

  • ntt1

    As I understand it the data is selectively stored triggered by key search words as meta data files then it can be accessed using refined search key words, I really doubt every download is viewed but I do believe they are all being filtered and cashed for later analysis.

    • It would not surprise me at all.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …that’s right, CASHED for analysis…not merely cached…

      • ntt1

        So I guess the degree of scrutiny depends on the strength of the key words used?

  • northernont

    As with any bureaucracy, once the threat of Islamist terrorism is crushed, these tools will be turned against the citizenry.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Next thing you know, I’ll get claim-jumped by some cop’s grandson…because of MY data-mining…

  • Morticiaa

    Good on them …..the more they monitor the safer we are.
    The So called ‘integrated’ scum in this failed multi culti cesspool created by false paerafigms like cultural relativity and the unnecessary charter,…need to be followed and watched and monitored
    I feel much safer with Csis standing on guard. Someone has to do this
    With more and more Muslims making their way into every infrastructure in this nation… Having access to public and government and corporate inside information the education system being foremost and the system most overlooked the greater the chance for at least attempting some type of recovery. and believe me we are now in the recovery mode the pendulum having swung too far in the direction of over accommodation to backwater ideology and General societal acceptance of values that counter rule of law and free democratic principles based on judeochristian philosophy
    Bravo to Csis bravo bravo
    Keep it up and God save us from the liberals and drama boy

  • Morticiaa