In another thread, I've been reading that it seems to be a non-issue to some that the NDP Caucus conference call was spied upon and taped, without their knowledge. Some even think that it's the NDP's fault that their security is lax.
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the recording of a communications device known as wiretapping? And, isn't it illegal except in certain circumstances requiring signing off by a judge or other authority figure?
This is a big deal, in my mind. The conversation itself is a non-issue, as I also said over there. The fact that someone called in to a conference call to which they were not invited isn't even that much of a surprise and I wonder about the legality of that. But, recording it seems way beyond the grey area and into illegal activity. If the Harpercons are participating in it, they need to be held to account, rather than shrugged off. Otherwise we tolerate a degree of intrusion and a violation of the privacy that democracies require. This is spying and while we all need to be aware that it can and does happen, I find it just creepy that it's considered common-place and almost tolerable.