B.C. Civil Liberties Group Files Lawsuit Against Canada’s Spy Agency CSEC

Canadian spy agency sued for allegedly violating charter
One of Canada’s top spy agencies, Communications Security Establishment Canada, is violating privacy rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to a lawsuit filed by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the OpenMedia organization.

Speaking on Tuesday morning in Vancouver, representatives for the two civil liberties groups said the broad and unchecked surveillance of Canadians by the spy agency is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit argues two aspects of CSEC’s operations violate the charter’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and infringe on free expression, including:

The interception of the private communications of Canadians.
The sweeping collection of metadata information produced by Canadians in their everyday activities online and through phone conversations.
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