Government snooping on social media may breach Privacy Act

Canadian social media users might have some unexpected followers lurking on their Twitter feeds — data-mining agents of the federal government, according to a report from the privacy commissioner.But while Treasury Board President Tony Clement defended the digital surveillance in question period as fair “in a day and age when Canadians willingly put information about their opinions” online, privacy and legal watchdogs argue that publicly accessible domains such as Facebook and Twitter should be free from state snooping. If not, they say, the practice could violate Canada’s privacy laws.

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