Canada’s foreign intelligence agency admits it may ‘incidentally’ spy on its own citizens

Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the agency responsible for gathering foreign intelligence, says it may “incidentally intercept” Canadian communications. The statement marks the first time the CSE, which is analogous in its responsibilities to the NSA, has admitted its work affects Canadian citizens. It comes from a new FAQ posted about the CSE’s Signals Intelligence operations, which the agency says are “clearly and carefully targeted, by law, to the activities of foreign individuals states, organizations, or terrorist groups that have implications for Canada’s international affairs, defense, or security.”

In the same FAQ, the agency notes it’s against the law for it to target Canadians either in Canada or abroad,…

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