The Office of the Privacy Commissioner wants more information about a Canadian program that gathers data on individuals’ Internet and phone communications, The Globe and Mail reported Monday. The newspaper reported Monday that the program, initially brought in by the Liberal government in 2005, was discontinued in 2008 and renewed two years ago. “When it comes to the metadata program, we know very little specific information at this point—but we want to find out more,” Scott Hutchinson, a spokesman with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, told The Globe and Mail in an email in a separate news report Monday. The government says the program, run by the Communications Security Establishment Canada, does not target Canadians or monitor Canadians’ communications. Last week, the Guardian newspaper reported a secret surveillance program in the U.S. called PRISM. Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa, said in a blog post Tuesday that information sharing between Canada and the U.S. raises questions about the governments’ assurances that the Canadian program does not target the public. “The prospect that U.S. surveillance becomes a key source for Canadian agencies, while Canadian surveillance supports U.S. agencies does not strike anyone as particularly far-fetched,” he wrote. In February, the Conservative government announced that, due to public opposition, it would not proceed with Bill C-30, which would have required Internet and mobile service providers to maintain intercept capabilities and supply information to authorities without a court-ordered warrant. The government subsequently introduced Bill C-55, which received royal assent in March, to address a Supreme Court decision on wiretapping last year. The bill allows law enforcement agencies to wiretap, under some circumstances and without a warrant, phone conversations, text messages and emails.