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National Defence committee  We have access to the agreements between the Five Eyes. CSE has shared those with us, so we're able to see what in fact they have agreed to. Our reviews will look at whether CSE is complying with it and what assurances they are obtaining from their partners that they are complyin

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  If there were a question raised in an agreement that the commissioner believed compromised privacy or something, he would make a point of that.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  There was a recommendation that the commissioner made to the minister to provide direction to CSE regarding his expectations for protection of privacy with respect to information that is shared with CSE's partners. We are monitoring that in terms of CSE's development. Obviously,

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  Rather than stating whether or not there have been improvements, the reviews we conduct on CSE's relationship with its partners look at it from the Canadian perspective and Canadian laws. The agreement is that the Five Eyes partners will respect the laws of the country in terms o

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  Thank you, Commissioner. Part of our task in the commissioner's office is to ensure that we are staying abreast and up to date on what is happening within CSE. We do that through the reviews we're conducting, through briefings we request from CSE in specific areas, and through d

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  The latest departmental plan for the office, which we're required to submit to Treasury Board, indicates that the commissioner will be requesting an increase in the resource base. That, of course, is not a large amount of money, but the commissioner frequently asks me if I have e

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  I have a point of clarification, sir. For the classified reports that the commissioner signs that go to the minister, the annual report is made up of an unclassified version of those classified reports. Recommendations that will be included in a classified report to the minister,

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  If I could, Chair, the reviews that we conduct.... The questions that you're asking would be well directed to CSE to provide—

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  We will review the activities of CSE. The commissioner has no jurisdiction, of course, to review the activities of NSA or GCHQ, or the Australian or New Zealand equivalents. But we do have the ability to ensure that whatever activity CSE is conducting and the interceptions they a

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  If I might respond, that would be up to the American inspectors general, our counterparts there. Our focus is CSE's activities and the information that CSE shares with its counterpart, the National Security Agency in the United States. The commissioner's office has conducted an i

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  First of all—

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  First of all, it's not our organization, so the commissioner's office is the watchdog over the Communications Security Establishment.

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  We have the same—

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  Right. We have the same concerns. The commissioner has the same concerns as you're expressing. With recent changes in the United States, for example, the commissioner met with the chief of CSE last month. Is that right, Commissioner?

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith

National Defence committee  It was to inquire whether or not any of the changes, the executive orders, in the United States will have an impact on CSE sharing with its allies. The commissioner received assurances from the chief. We have written and requested evidence from CSE that the long-standing agreemen

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

J. William Galbraith