Suspicious government to fingerprint employees, spy on citizens

As the Harper government nears nine years in power, it continues to demonstrate that it has no trust for its employees and Canadian citizens in general. This week, Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat, which is responsible for the federal civil service, confirmed that the government’s new standard on security screening, that came into effect last October, includes fingerprinting employees, along with mandatory credit checks. As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 257,138 federal civil servants in Canada. Public sector

Canadian anti-terror agencies, law requires oversight

Earlier this year, new disclosures from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden unveiled that Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, tracks millions of Internet downloads daily. According to Canada’s public broadcaster, the surveillance agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world under a program entitled “Levitation”. According to the disclosure, the Levitation program monitors downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. The agency, which

Canada using YouTube to recruit new spies

Canada’s primary national security and intelligence agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), recently launched a slick, public advertising campaign to recruit new spies. The role of CSIS is to investigate threats, analyze information, produce intelligence, and report to the Government of Canada to protect the country. Key threats include terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, espionage, foreign interference and cyber-tampering affecting critical infrastructure. CSIS programs are proactive and pre-emptive. And not unlike its programs, CSIS has also