Canadian spies get crash course in social media

Twitter. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

Twitter. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

Canada's spy agency wants to be sure its thousands of covert agents aren't making mistakes on Twitter or Facebook that could jeopardize national security, so it sent out a social media code of conduct to employees in November, QMI Agency has learned.

"Every keystroke on the Internet leaves a trace," says the CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) memo obtained by QMI Agency via a federal access-to-information request. "One small mistake can ruin months or even years of preparation, as many online have learned."

The document also suggests that spies keep tabs on what people close to them are posting online, and warns to be on the lookout for people posting photos of them or revealing personal information by, for example, wishing them a happy birthday.

Spies are also warned about "posting photos from your youth that may be embarrassing in your present career circumstances."


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