Electronic Communications Interception and Privacy: Can the Imperatives of Privacy and National Security Be Reconciled?

By WESLEY WARK
April 2012

This study, funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, addresses the privacy implications of electronic communications interception for national security purposes with respect to four key areas:

  • The legal mandate and accountability of the Communications Security Establishment Canada;
  • New policy and institutional arrangements created by the 2010 Cyber Security Strategy;
  • Cyber security and intelligence sharing under the 2012 Border Action Plan; and
  • Regulated versus unregulated access to basic subscriber data held by telecommunications service providers under proposed new legislation.

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Wesley Wark is Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Associate Professor in the Department of History of the University of Toronto, a Fellow of Trinity College, as well as an Associate of the Munk Centre for International Studies.

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