Craig Forcese

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Craig Forcese is a professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa (Canada). He is also an Adjunct Research Professor & Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Canada) and a National Security Crisis Law Fellow, Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law (Washington DC).

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Intelligence Oversight

Canadian Intelligence Reform Proposal: An ‘Intelligence Commissioner’ for the Communications Security Establishment

In this second post in our series about Canada’s national security law reform, we begin a discussion of changes proposed for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s primary signals intelligence and cybersecurity agency. We focus specifically on how Canada will address an issue that has also arisen in allied states: oversight of bulk collection that may incidentally include communications involving nationals.


Canada’s Intelligence Reform: A Closer Look at Pending National Security Legislation

Canada is undertaking the most substantial reforms to its national security law since 1984, when its first civilian intelligence agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, was created. Like other democracies attempting to lawfully use emerging technologies, Canada is seeking to codify once-murky intelligence practices into statute.