[R-G] CIA may have accessed Canadian banking records
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Wed Jun 28 22:23:27 MDT 2006
CIA may have accessed Canadian banking records
Updated Wed. Jun. 28 2006 11:21 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Canada's privacy commissioner is investigating whether United States
officials have improperly received the banking records of Canadians.
The Toronto Star reports the investigation is also trying to
determine if the Central Intelligence Agency was given unauthorized
access to the confidential files.
"This is something we're looking into," Anne-Marie Hayden,
spokesperson for the privacy commissioner's office, told the newspaper.
"Any time personal information of Canadians is obtained by a foreign
government in circumstances that may not provide the same privacy
protections that exist in Canada, we have concerns."
On Tuesday, a human rights group filed formal complaints in 32
countries, including Canada, against a Brussels-based banking
consortium for providing the U.S. with confidential information about
international money transfers, the International Herald Tribune
The London-based Privacy International alleges the Society for
Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, has
violated rules in numerous jurisdictions by handing over the data.
SWIFT is the hub of the global banking industry, and runs an
electronic messaging service that 7,800 financial institutions --
including ones in Canada -- use to transfer billions of dollars each
day, among other things.
Last week, the New York Times revealed details of a secret program
under which U.S. officials and the CIA gathered banking information
The Bush administration had asked the newspaper not to print the
story. The government defended the program, saying it is a valuable
tool in its international war on terror.
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