Bruce Stanton – Email 02

by walkerland

On 13-08-23 2:28 PM, wrote:

Good afternoon Ryan:

Thank you for your recent email regarding spying by international governments. I appreciate your comments and questions and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I understand your concerns with these recent reports of international intelligence gathering by governments.

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) operates in compliance of all Canadian laws, including the National Defence Act, the Privacy Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal Code. CSEC collects foreign intelligence according to the priorities of the Government of Canada, which include protecting Canadians from foreign terrorist threats and defending against cyber-attacks. CSEC’s mandate and authorities are defined in the National Defence Act.

Similar to all federal departments and agencies, CSEC is subject to, and respects, the Privacy Act. CSEC has cooperated with the Privacy Commissioner during past reviews of CSEC’s handling of personal information. CSEC is also subject to reviews by the Auditor General of Canada.

In regards to intelligence gathering by the United States of America, media reports indicate that the United States has said that Canada, Australia and the UK are not countries that they gather intelligence on. I cannot verify the accuracy of that, but Canada and the US have been allies in the past, and have strong trade and political relationships.

Thank you for taking the time to write. I hope that my response has addressed your concerns.