Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Events in the Case of CSIS's Illegal Data Analysis

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Events in the Case of CSIS's Illegal Data Analysis

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A timeline of CSIS's illegal data analysis

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OTTAWA - A timeline of events in the case of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's illegal data analysis:

2005: A CSIS task force recommends the spy service retain all data collected from investigations and warrants in order to exploit that information in ongoing and future investigations through a technological program.

April 2006: CSIS sets up the Operational Data Analysis Centre (ODAC), a powerful program that processes metadata -- the data trails associated with calls and messages, but not the actual content -- to glean otherwise unknowable insights.

2008: The CSIS annual public report for 2007-08 says the ODAC provides "support to the service's operational branches by performing advanced analysis of data that is collected on subjects of investigation."

December 2011: Counsel for CSIS make an indirect allusion to the program, but do not name or describe it, during a Federal Court proceeding.

January 2016: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tables the 2014-15 annual report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the watchdog over CSIS. …

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