Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Primer on Metadata: Separating Fact from Fiction Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. Information and Privacy Commissioner Ontario, Canada

On July 9th, Steven G. Bradbury, a key Justice Department lawyer behind the NSA’s call log program,
defended it by arguing that it did not amount to surveillance. “Surveillance,” he said, “means content
collection, not metadata collection.”According to whom? The word “surveillance” means “close watch
kept over someone or something.” A program centred on the sweeping seizure of communications
metadata would indeed fall under the definition of a surveillance program, capable of facilitating the
indiscriminate monitoring of individuals.

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