The FISA court is a secret forum in Washington D.C., where the U.S. government goes in order to conduct surveillance on foreign intelligence targets within the United States, says a lawyer for one of the few private groups to appear before the court.
Mark Rumold, a staff lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is fighting for more disclosure from the FISA court and talked to Brent Bambury, host of CBC Radio's Day 6 to explain what the court is all about.
Here in Canada, there's also a tradition of keeping our surveillance requests as quiet as possible.
The program talked to David Fraser, a privacy lawyer with the firm McInnes Cooper in Halifax, about the Canadian version of the FISA court.
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