From the Globe and Mail:
Canadians have “no way of knowing for certain the number, scale, frequency of, or reasons for, such disclosures, although we understand that they are substantial.”
The companies that responded to Citizen Labber Christopher Parsons included Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Telus, Videotron, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS Allstream and Distributel, with the general sentiment that the privacy of their customers is of great concern. But their responses were short on details, instead citing vagaries about legal restrictions and national security, and in some cases shifting the onus on transparency to the government instead.
According to David Fraser, a Canadian privacy lawyer and partner with the firm of McInnes Cooper, “They’re able to provide a whole lot more information than they actually are.”
Further pressure on the companies to make it clearer just how, why, and how often they share information with state agencies.