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Eavesdropping agency must be more transparent with Canadians: watchdog

Lights on an internet switch illuminate a network cable in Ottawa, 9February 10, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
January 28, 2014 - 7:40 AM

OTTAWA - The federal privacy watchdog wants the government's electronic eavesdropping agency to tell Canadians more about what it's doing.

Interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier says Communications Security Establishment Canada should table an annual public report in Parliament describing its ongoing activities.

Bernier also recommends CSEC disclose annual statistics on cases in which it assists other federal agencies with requests for interception.

The recommendations are among several intended to bolster protection of privacy rights in national security efforts.

Ottawa-based CSEC monitors foreign computer, satellite, radio and telephone traffic for information of intelligence interest.

Its role has come under intense scrutiny due to leaks by a former contractor for the National Security Agency, CSEC's American counterpart.

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