Revealed in documents released by Edward Snowden, it appears the Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, has been secretly tracking and recording the data from thousands of passengers traveling to and from one of the country’s most popular airline hubs.
The program ran for a trial period of two weeks before being shut down, and was supposedly capable of not only keeping tabs on random people as they passed through the airport and logged onto the local Wi-Fi, it could also continue to report back to the server whenever they logged on again, whether it be at their hotel, a local coffeeshop, or otherwise.
This new technique was being developed in conjunction between the NSA and the CSEC, as part of a partnership that has been going on for several years right under the noses of millions of citizens who pay the taxes that fund these sorts of ventures in their respective home nations.
“The document showed that the NSA and CSEC had conducted employee exchange programs, and CSEC allowed the NSA to access areas that the American spy agency could not reach by itself. NSA has a close, cooperative relationship with CSEC that both sides would like to see expanded and strengthened.”
Officials were said to be collecting many of the same bits of metadata on targets as the US and UK on their own, claiming they never looked at the actual content of the information pulled up, simply grazing the keywords and phrases which might relate to information they’re looking for in one way or another.
As it stands, the CSEC is directly prohibited from spying on any members of the Canadian party without getting a warrant first, and many civil rights activists in the country are already taking to the phone lines to be sure that the deeds of their representatives do not go unpunished.