01/28/2014 10:39 EST | Updated 03/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Interim privacy head wants spy agencies to be more accountable

Spy agencies must be accountable to Canadians for what they do with personal information, says interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier in a special report released today.

The report addresses the growing concern of whether privacy rights are protected in the context of national security and offers a number of recommendations for better oversight of spy agencies, especially in an increasingly technological age of intelligence gathering.

"The potential for intrusion upon privacy within this new context is such that it calls for commensurate privacy protection," the report says.

Communications Security and Establishment Canada (CSEC) and Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) are the country's two spy agencies, the former dealing specializing in cybersecurity and the latter human intelligence. 

In December, Bernier appeared before the Senate national security and defence committee to speak to the need of improved oversight over Canada's spy agencies, as the current system "seriously undercuts accountability and may threaten privacy."

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