Special Report to Parliament - page 9

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controversies and increase understanding of
their work.
COOPERATION AMONG
INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES
WITHOUT COOPERATION
AMONG REVIEW BODIES
As SIRC’s most recent report notes, “the once-
solitary worlds of Human Intelligence
(HUMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
have increasingly merged” and the increased
integration of these domains can result in
“erosion of control over the information
shared.” The Honourable Robert Décary noted
in his last report that “where CSEC and CSIS
cooperate and conduct joint activities, my office
and SIRC do not have an equivalent authority
to conduct joint reviews.” He mentions, further,
“I believe a certain amount of collaboration
among review bodies is possible under existing
legislation.”
However, the
Privacy Act
remains essentially
unrevised since 1983. Under the legislation,
there are no provisions for joint audits or
investigations with other like bodies, even in an
era where information-sharing has increased
greatly.
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