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Under scrutiny, minister says RCMP's yearslong use of spyware tools is limited

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is defending the RCMP’s yearslong and undisclosed use of spyware capable of accessing cell phone and computer microphones, cameras and other data as part of dozens of major investigations. Testifying before a parliamentary committee on Monday, Mendicino said the national police force's use of these tools has only be permitted in 'the most serious offences.'

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino attends the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

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Under scrutiny, minister says RCMP's yearslong use of spyware tools is limited

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is defending the RCMP’s yearslong and undisclosed use of spyware capable of accessing cell phone and computer microphones, cameras and other data as part of dozens of major investigations. Testifying before a parliamentary committee on Monday, Mendicino said the national police force's use of these tools has only be permitted in 'the most serious offences.'

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino attends the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle