Canada’s spy agency mistakenly passed on citizens’ metadata

Canada has stopped sharing intel with its allies after it discovered that its citizens’ metadata wasn’t properly disguised. The defense minister said it would resume sharing intel when adequate measures are put in place.

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) – Canada’s equivalent of the US National Security Agency (NSA) – passed information containing Canadian citizens’ metadata to its counterparts in the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, a federal watchdog said Thursday.


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  • Exile1981

    I love the defense ministers quote of how they can’t investigate what private data was shared with out violating privacy laws…. how is saying that you shared names or solcial insurance numbers violating peoples privacy?

    • It’s all a game, I would not be surprised at anything they knew about any of us.

      • Exile1981

        I wonder if thete is a pattern to the people who’s CRA files they accessed?

    • Minicapt

      That’s based on the principled rulings from the Privacy Commissioner’s office. Next, DND will be castigated for implementing inadequate corrective measures due to no cooperation from the Privacy Commissioner’s office.


  • There are always CRA leaks. One of the most recent was in 2014 to the CBC which received confidential tax information on Canadians then proceeded to use it in its news stories. The CBC didn’t bother informing the CRA that it had mistakenly passed them the files, if the CRA hadn’t blundered upon the mistake the CBC would still have those files and continue exploiting them. Upstanding law abiding citizens over there at the CBC, what’s their motto again?: “Canada Lives Here — We Snoop On You”.

    I remember there was huge leak during the Chretien years in the 1990’s when HRDC mishandled millions of files. As a result thousands of Canadians made Freedom of Information requests to find out what was in their files and what had been leaked. I was one of those who made a FOI request. When I got my file I was surprised by what was in it and what was not — jobs that I had totally forgotten about because they were temporary or short-term were listed, while the more significant jobs were not listed. It was kinda creepy — the Government was keeping personal information about me that I had forgotten myself because I thought it was inconsequential.

    Anyway, I don’t trust the Liberals to conduct any sort of information review in our Security Intelligence organizations — not with the fifth columnists that Trudeau has in his Cabinet.

  • Millie_Woods

    ‘Confidential information about Canadians was ‘mistakenly’ passed on to foreign governments, oops, my bad, LOL! Now STFU and fill out the long form census because we need to know more about you.’