Spy Agencies:You Are Being Watched Right Now
by JRajotte on February 2, 2015 - 10:20pm
There are multiple countries with intelligence agencies which gather vast amounts of data, one of the most know intelligence agency is the NSA (National Security Agency). Canada’s Equivalent is called CSE (Communication Security Establishment). The article Canadians need to get angry about spying revelations by Jason Magder published in the Montreal Gazette and updated on October 7th, 2014 states that “Snowden [A former spy working for the NSA] claims that Government can read emails, and find IMEI numbers on phones”, the article also claimed that by using such method the government can track an individual at any time using a cellphone. Snowden also accuses such agency of weakening internet security by weakening encryption. In the Article CSE Tracks Millions of downloads daily: Snowden Documents by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dave Seglins published on CBC News website on January 27, 2015, it is stated that the governments has access to 102 free file upload website. From these 102 website it is written that CSE can “access information on about 10-15 million uploads and downloads of file from free website each day”. If this does not baffle you yet the CSE can easily track an IP address and identify individuals using their Facebook accounts. The NSA also uses similar tactics from a Facebook account the NSA can easily obtain email addresses and other personal information. The NSA is also claimed to assign unique set of numbers to every single Facebook account. CSE cannot spy on Canadian citizen legally but can acquire information about Canadian citizen from their allies such as the NSA and other members of the Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and The United States).
I believe that such organisation should have greater transparency. Currently such agencies are acting behind our backs in complete secret. Many citizen globally are not aware that such snooping occurs. I also believe that such information gathering can possess a threat to individual’s privacy. There are also no proof that the government is not selling information to marketing companies or other intelligence service.There are also little regulation about what can and cant been done with this information. I also deplore the fact that it is possible to use loopholes in the law such as sharing information with another spy agency in order to obtain information on our own citizens. I am also aware that one of the main concern is the fight against potential terrorist attacks and information gathering in order to prevent such cases. To which degree can our privacy be protected?
CBC News can be trusted to a certain degree, due to the fact that when errors are committed they are often rectified and a statement is publish at the bottom of the article concerning the error committed. This article can be considered reliable or unreliable depending on the fact that the article is based of documents released by the NSA Spy Edward Snowden and are interpreted by CBC and an American newspaper. As for the Montreal Gazette it has been serving Montrealers since the 18th century, Jason Magder which has written the article has also won numerous journalism prize. In general the articles used are as reliable as the sources it uses which in this case are reliable since the documents comes directly from the NSA.