This week the 2014-15 Annual Report of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner was tabled in Parliament. The report was submitted in June 2015 to then Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney, but suspiciously not tabled prior to the election. The incoming Liberal government inherited the report and tabled it.
Jim Bronskill’s piece for CP, “Canada’s electronic spy agency broke privacy law by sharing metadata, watchdog says,” appears well substantiated by the report. However, it is important to note that this appears to have been an isolated incident with minimal privacy consequences.
Next week, in my column for IT in Canada, I’ll be looking at the larger issue of oversight and what Parliament should do to protect Canadians.