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.
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.
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.