Snowden leaks: Canada ‘spied on airport travellers’

BBC, January 31

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.

The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.

The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.

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The leaked document indicates the 2012 passenger tracking operation was a trial run of a powerful new software programme being developed jointly with the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), CBC reports.

It is now fully operational, CBC News quotes sources as saying.

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Such was the volume of data that CSEC could even track the travellers’ movements back to the days before they arrived at the airport, the experts say.

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