Canada Cuts Off Some Intelligence Sharing With U.S. Out of Fear for Canadians’ Privacy

Canada’s CBC network reported Thursday that the country is slamming on the brakes when it comes to sharing some communications intelligence with key allies—including the U.S. — out of fear that Canadian personal information is not properly protected.

“Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the sharing won’t resume until he is satisfied that the proper protections are in place,” the CBC reported.

Earlier on Thursday, the watchdog tasked with keeping tabs on the Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Jean-Pierre Plouffe, called out the electronic spying agency for risking Canadian privacy in his annual report.

Plouffe wrote that the surveillance agency broke privacy laws when it shared Canadian data with its allies without properly protecting it first. Consequently, he concluded, it should precisely explain how its citizens’ metadata — information about who a communication is to and from, the subject line of en email, and so on — can and can’t be used.

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