OTTAWA, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Commissioner's report on reviewing the
activities of the Communications Security Establishment Canada is
tabled in Parliament.
The Annual Report of the Communications Security Establishment
Commissioner, the Honourable Robert Décary, Q.C. was tabled in
Parliament today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence. The Commissioner's report outlines his activities during the
fiscal year 2011-2012. The Commissioner, a retired Justice of the
Federal Court of Appeal, was appointed on June 18, 2010.
The purpose of the Commissioner's review mandate is to ensure that the
activities of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)
comply with the law and that CSEC effectively applies satisfactory
measures to protect the privacy of Canadians. This year's report is
different in that it provides a greater level of detail concerning the
roles and mandates of CSEC and its interaction with other Canadian
government security and intelligence agencies. This continues the
Commissioner's efforts begun last year. "In my opinion", he writes, "it
is possible, without going into details it would be inappropriate to
divulge, to employ simpler and more comprehensible language and thus
ensure that public debates are not held on false premises."
Commissioner Décary makes a number of suggestions to CSEC to improve
certain policies and practices to better protect the privacy of
Canadians. He notes however, that the activities reviewed during the
2011-2012 fiscal year ─ including those related to information
technology security and foreign signals intelligence collection ─
complied with the law.
CSEC has demonstrated that it takes the Commissioner's findings
seriously. Indeed, some past recommendations have contributed to CSEC
suspending activities so it can re-examine how the activities are
conducted. CSEC has accepted and implemented 93% of the 133
recommendations made since the Commissioner's office was established in
The Commissioner concludes his report by noting that he is deeply
disappointed at the time that has passed without Parliament addressing
the ambiguities in the National Defence Act which have been noted for many years now and which should not, to his
mind, raise any controversy.
The report is available at www.ocsec-bccst.gc.ca/ann-rpt/index_e.php
SOURCE OFFICE OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT COMMISSIONER
For further information:
J. William Galbraith
Office of the CSE Commissioner