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Canada’s surveillance crisis now hiding in plain site

By Michael Geist      

Three years after Snowden thrust surveillance on the public agenda, it is time for Canada to reshape how its securities agencies operate. The desperate need for a full airing of Canadian surveillance practices comes not from what was hidden for many years, but what has been happening in plain sight.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and the new Liberal government have promised changes, with expectations that they will focus initially on a new 'super' oversight body for security agencies and later open the door to further amendments. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Three years ago this month, Edward Snowden shocked the world with a series of disclosures that revealed a myriad of U.S. government-backed surveillance programs. The Snowden revelations sparked a global debate over how to best strike the balance between privacy and security and led to demands for greater telecom transparency.

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