Magazine article Information Management

Privacy Advocates Troubled by Spy Center’s Use of Personal Data

Magazine article Information Management

Privacy Advocates Troubled by Spy Center’s Use of Personal Data

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According to TheGlobeandMail. com, an obscure center run by Canada's spy agency has long been using personal details gleaned from security clearance forms to help with national security probes.

In April, security experts said newly disclosed letters from within the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's (CSIS) Operational Data Analysis Centre stress the need for safeguards to rein in digital sleuthing.

The correspondence indicates that for at least five years the center has used private information that was provided during security assessments for employment and immigration purposes - applying it to efforts to combat terrorism and espionage.

The analysis centre became a focus of intense public concern last November when a federal judge said CSIS violated the law by keeping electronic data trails about people who were not actually under investigation.

The screening program helps the government prevent newcomers who pose a threat from entering Canada and acquiring legal status. …

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