Secretive CSIS technology that could reveal ‘lifestyle choices’ needs a warrant, says court

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Canada’s spy agency needs a warrant when using a secretive type of technology that could help them “learn about an individual’s private activities and personal choices” as part of its foreign intelligence gathering mandate, according to a recent Federal Court decision. Details of what exactly that technology is and how it’s used were redacted in the June 2020 court ruling, which was posted online today. The Federal Court’s findings would only say it concerns technology that allows the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to collect certain information from mobile devices. The ruling grew out of a 2017 application for warrants to gather foreign intelligence on an undisclosed entity. “It then grew, becoming a vehicle for the consideration of a number of issues,” wrote Justice James O’Reilly in his decision, which had entire paragraphs blacked out.