10/22/2013 12:25 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

CSEC Sued: B.C. Civil Liberties Group Launches Suit Over Constitutional Rights

OTTAWA - A civil liberties watchdog is suing Canada's electronic spy agency for allegedly breaching the constitutional rights of Canadians.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Communications Security Establishment Canada violates the Charter of Rights by intercepting Canadians' private communications.

The organization filed the lawsuit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Ottawa-based CSEC monitors foreign communications — from email and phone calls to faxes and satellite transmissions — for intelligence of interest to Canada.

CSEC says it operates within all Canadian laws, including the charter, the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Privacy Act.

The National Security Agency, CSEC's American counterpart, is at the centre of a storm of leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that document the U.S. agency's vast reach into cyberspace.

Read the entire statement of claim by the BCCLA:

BCCLA sues federal government over CSEC spying

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