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A British Columbia civil liberties group is suing a federal government agency over allegations it has spied on Canadian citizens.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the Communications Security Establishment Canada has violated charter rights by intercepting private communications online and over the telephone.
Association lawyer Joseph Arvay said at a news conference CSEC’s actions have a chilling effect on all Canadians.
“Such untrammelled spying will cause Canadians to censor themselves on matters that are perfectly legal but involve personal, business, political or the intimate details of one’s life for fear that such details will be intercepted by the spy,” he said.