OTTAWA, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Annual Report of the
Communications Security Establishment Commissioner, the Honourable
Jean-Pierre Plouffe, C.D., was tabled in Parliament.
The Commissioner provides independent external review of Communications
Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) operational activities to
determine whether they complied with the law and protected the privacy
of Canadians. Mr. Plouffe is a retired judge of the Superior Court of
Quebec and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and has all the
powers of the Inquiries Act.
The Commissioner stated: "I am making public as much information as
possible about my investigations, to be as transparent as legally and
reasonably possible." He added: "I have encouraged CSEC to be more
forthcoming in what it communicates to the public."
All of the activities of CSEC reviewed in 2013-2014 complied with the
The Commissioner made 10 recommendations for CSEC, to promote
compliance, strengthen privacy protection and support the Minister in
his decision-making and control of CSEC. The recommendations include:
the need for precision and accuracy of language in information exchanges
with CSEC's domestic and international partners; and
that the Minister issue a new directive to CSEC on information sharing
activities with its partners in the United States, the United Kingdom,
Australia and New Zealand to clearly set out expectations for the
protection of the privacy of Canadians.
The Commissioner examined all foreign signals intelligence private
communications retained by CSEC at the end of the ministerial
The report also includes an update on an ongoing review of CSEC use of
CSEC's mandate includes collecting foreign signals intelligence and
helping to protect Government of Canada computer systems. It is
prohibited by law from directing these activities at Canadians or at
any person in Canada. However, CSEC may, unintentionally, acquire
through these activities communications with a Canadian end, which it
may use provided certain legal conditions have been met. The
Commissioner's review includes determining whether CSEC takes
satisfactory measures to protect a Canadian's reasonable expectation of
privacy in CSEC use and retention of collected communications.
CSEC has accepted 93 percent of all recommendations since the inception
of the Commissioner's office in 1996.
Image with caption: "Commissioner Plouffe's report on reviewing the activities of the Communications Security Establishment is tabled in Parliament (CNW Group/Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140820_C7509_PHOTO_EN_42488.jpg
SOURCE: Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner
For further information:
J. William Galbraith
Executive Director, Office of the CSE Commissioner