The federal government is facing a lawsuit over its electronic surveillance activities, with a Vancouver-based civil rights group alleging Ottawa’s secretive eavesdropping agency is prying into the personal communications of Canadians.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association’s lawsuit against the Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, follows similar cases launched by advocates in the United States and comes as revelations about American spying activities fuel a debate about how far governments should go to keep tabs on both foreigners and their own citizens.
The lawsuit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, alleges CSEC is infringing on Canadians’ rights to free speech and to be protected from illegal search and seizure.
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