Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

"Spy network eavesdropping on Canadians"

June 18, 1999

Spy network eavesdropping on Canadians, says former spy

OTTAWA (CP) -- The federal government is using a secret international computer surveillance network to collect personal information about Canadians, says a former Canadian spy. Canada is part of a Cold War-era electronic interception network, known as Echelon. Until recently the existence of the network, which monitors almost all electronic communications, was almost impossible to prove. But a report by the European Parliament, published May 10, detailed how Echelon works and how Canada is involved.