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Canada’s Airport Wi-Fi Was Used to Track Ordinary Flyers for Days After Arrival

Excerpt from CBC News

Jan 31, 2014 9:40 am

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Expect skepticism to replace excitement for flyers who sign into free airport Wi-Fi anywhere in Canada or the U.S.

— Samantha Shankman

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A flyer passes time on his laptop in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto Pearson International Airport. Karl Baron / Flickr


A top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News shows that Canada’s electronic spy agency used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.

After reviewing the document, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on cyber-security says the clandestine operation by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was almost certainly illegal.

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