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Privacy czar to meet with e-spy watchdog on eavesdropping concerns

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OTTAWA - Canada's privacy watchdog plans to meet Thursday with the retired judge who keeps an eye on the national eavesdropping agency.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she's concerned that Canadians don't know enough about what Robert Decary does in his role monitoring the Communications Security Establishment.

The planned meeting follows accusations that a key CSE ally, the U.S. National Security Agency, has gained wholesale access to the databanks of American Internet giants.

Stoddart said earlier this week she would look into any implications for Canada posed by possible large-scale U.S. government snooping.

Britain's Guardian newspaper, quoting leaked NSA documents, says a top-secret data-mining program known as Prism has given the U.S. government access to a huge volume of emails, chat logs and other information from Internet companies including Google, Microsoft and Apple.

Several of the companies have denied having anything to do with the program.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130612/privacy-czar-meet-e-spy-watchdog-eavesdropping-concerns