Was anyone surprised to learn that Canadian spying organizations are, well, spying on Canadians?
The Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy agency, has stopped sharing certain metadata with international partners after discovering it had not been sufficiently protecting that information before passing it on.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the sharing won’t resume until he is satisfied that the proper protections are in place. Metadata is information that describes other data, such as an email address or telephone number, but not the content of a given email or recording of a phone call. [CBC]
Jump to Definition – Metadata is “data that provides information about other data”. Two types of metadata exist: structural metadata and descriptive metadata. Structural metadata is data about the containers of data. Descriptive metadata uses individual instances of application data or the data content.