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NSA reportedly helped Canada spy on airport passengers using free Wi-Fi

31
Jan
2014

Canada’s electronic spy agency has allegedly been using airport Wi-Fi to spy on its citizens. CBC News reports that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) collected data over a two-week period from free Wi-Fi hotspots at what it describes as a “major Canadian airport.” While it’s unclear what data was obtained, CBC News claims it could be used to “track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.” The bold claim isn’t backed up with any technical details on the work of the CSEC, but it appears that the spy agency collected metadata from the free Wi-Fi hotspots. CBC News notes that a “special source” may have voluntarily provided access to wireless data from airport Wi-Fi systems. CSEC chief John Forster previously claimed that the agency doesn’t “target Canadians at home or abroad in our foreign intelligence activities, nor do we target anyone in Canada.” However, it’s clear that any metadata collection from an airport on Canadian soil would likely target Canadians.

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