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Canada captured data from airport travellers via Wi-Fi: Report

Published on Jan 31, 2014 3:24 PM
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Travellers pass the time at Pearson International Airport Terminal One in Toronto, on Jan 7, 2014. As a trial run for the NSA and other foreign intelligence agencies, Canadian intelligence collected data from Canadian travellers who passed through major airports and connected to Wifi services and could then be tracked for days, CBC reported Thursday, Jan 30, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - As a trial run for the NSA and other foreign intelligence agencies, Canadian intelligence collected data from Canadian travellers who passed through major airports and connected to Wifi services and could then be tracked for days, CBC reported Thursday.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said documents leaked by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) could follow the movements of Canadians who passed through airports and connected to Wifi systems with mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

The document shows the agency could track the travellers for a week or more as they and their wireless devices showed up in other Wi-Fi "hot spots" in cities across Canada and even at US airports.

That included people visiting other airports, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants, libraries and ground transportation hubs and other places with public wireless internet access.

 
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