CSE Commissioner

In 1996, the Minister of National Defence established the position of CSE Commissioner to review the activities of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and determine whether they are in compliance with the law. The Commissioner is independent of CSE and has access to all CSE personnel and records (except Cabinet confidences). The CSE Commissioner must inform the Minister of National Defence and the Attorney General of Canada of any activity that may not comply with the law. The Commissioner can also respond to complaints from the public about CSE. The Commissioner provides a public annual report to the Minister of National Defence, who tables it in Parliament.

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Spy agency's watchdog wants more info on wiretaps
CSE, Canada's ultra-secret electronic spy agency, is not providing sufficient information when it seeks government approval to eavesdrop on private telephone calls, says the agency's watchdog.
HTML | Published: 2007-06-13 | Added: 2007-06-17

O'Connor recommends more oversight of RCMP, CSIS
The report stopped short of recommending a review super agency, as some experts expected, instead opting for a pair of bodies that will monitor the RCMP, CSIS and five other agencies involved with national security.
HTML | Published: 2006-12-13 | Added: 2007-01-03

Security, intelligence community held accountable
Canada's national security and intelligence community is indeed accountable under law and serves to protect all of our civil liberties against the avowed adversaries.
HTML | Published: 2006-04-04 | Added: 2006-04-18

Directory of the CSE Commissioner office.
Government electronic directory of the staff at the CSE Commissioner office.
LINK | Published: 2001-01-01 | Added: 2004-02-06

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner
Official site of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner.
LINK | Published: 1901-01-01 | Added: 2003-09-09

The Canadian Intelligence Community: Control and Accountability
Audit undertaken to provide an overview of Canada's intelligence community and of the role of foreign and security intelligence in government; and to determine, and inform Parliament about, the nature, extent and functioning of the control and  [...]
LINK | Published: 1996-11-01 | Added: 2002-04-29