The Annual Report 2012-2013 of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner was tabled in Parliament on August 21, 2013.
Each year, the Commissioner submits a public report on his activities and findings to the Minister of National Defence who then tables this report in Parliament. The purpose of the Commissioner’s review is to determine whether the activities of Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) comply with applicable law and whether CSEC has successfully implemented satisfactory measures to protect the privacy of Canadians.
In this year’s Annual Report, the Commissioner notes that, with the exception of one review described in the report in which he was unable to reach a definitive conclusion, all the activities reviewed complied with the law. In light of this finding and in response to the media coverage surrounding the Annual Report, CSEC later published a clarifying statement to highlight that:
“CSEC does not direct its activities at Canadians and is prohibited by law from doing so. The Commissioner notes CSEC's culture of respect for the law and for the privacy of Canadians. He also continues to make valuable recommendations to improve CSEC's processes and practices. This is helping ensure that CSEC's commitment to the important principles of lawfulness and respect for Canadians' privacy will continue.”
The report is available at www.ocsec-bccst.gc.ca/ann-rpt/index_e.php