Canada court deals blow to spy agency, says it kept data illegally

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA A court dealt Canada’s spy agency a blow on Thursday, declaring it had illegally kept data collected during investigations over the past decade and threatening sanctions if the issue occurred again.Although judges have previously criticized the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, for a lack of openness about its operations, the ruling was particularly uncompromising.Federal Court Judge Simon Noel said CSIS secretly set up a special data analysis centre in 2006 to help track potential terrorism suspects. The agency stored electronic information from people not linked to particular threats, which is referred to as …
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