Letter to the Editor re: Toronto Star article - May 08, 2016

The following letter to the editor was sent to the Toronto Star on May 8th, 2016 at 6:50 pm.

Editor,

CSE plays a critical role in protecting Canada and Canadians against foreign threats.

In performing this critical role, protecting Canadian privacy is not an afterthought. It is a fundamental part of our organizational culture and is embedded within our operational structures, policies and processes. From the laws that govern us, to the directives, authorizations and policies that guide us, to the procedures and protocols that all CSE employees follow – legal compliance and protecting privacy are primary principles in fulfilling our important mandate.

As with all Government of Canada departments and agencies, CSE works with the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure that privacy reporting obligations are met.  In addition, the independent CSE Commissioner has the mandate to review all of our activities, including those that touch on issues of privacy, in a manner consistent with all legal frameworks, including the Privacy Act and TBS guidelines.

As CSE works to protect Canadians against threats, we know that we have a responsibility to also protect their privacy, and we take that responsibility seriously.

Greta Bossenmaier
Chief, Communications Security Establishment