Watchdog finds RCMP's policing of anti-pipeline protesters reasonable — but sees gaps in surveillance policies

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will review a recent watchdog investigation that flagged concerns about how the RCMP stores data on peaceful protesters.

The investigation report, published on Tuesday by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC), concluded that the RCMP's monitoring of Northern Gateway pipeline protesters in 2012 and 2013 was for the most part reasonable. The independent body also said it was concerned about the possibility of police creating profiles of peaceful demonstrators, and it urged the Mounties to draft better policies on data retention.

"Obviously, this is an important report, and we're going to take a careful look at it and its recommendations as well as conclusions," Trudeau told reporters during a news conference Tuesday morning in Ottawa.

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