Data col­lected legally, head of CSIS says

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

The head of the Cana­dian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (CSIS) says he wants ev­ery­one to un­der­stand the spy ser­vice did not de­lib­er­ately do any­thing wrong when it kept po­ten­tially re­veal­ing elec­tronic data about peo­ple who posed no se­cu­rity threat.

“CSIS rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing pub­lic trust and con­fi­dence in its ac­tiv­i­ties,” di­rec­tor Michel Coulombe said in a state­ment is­sued Sunday. In a Fed­eral Court de­ci­sion re­leased last week, a judge ruled CSIS vi­o­lated the law by keep­ing the data. Coulombe said it was col­lected legally.

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