CSEC support to CSIS, RCMP, and others
Colin Freeze has obtained more information on the number and nature of "support to lawful access" requests received by CSEC from CSIS, the RCMP, and other agencies (Colin Freeze, "Spy agency’s work with CSIS, RCMP fuels fears of privacy breaches," Globe and Mail, 31 January 2014):
A disclosure from Communications Security Establishment Canada, obtained by The Globe through an Access to Information request, shows the Canadian Security Intelligence Service sought help from CSEC 205 times between 2009 and 2012. The RCMP made 85 such requests during the same time span.Lots of interesting information on the different ways in which CSEC support can be provided.
These “support to lawful access” figures – which have never been released before – show that close collaboration with other federal agencies is routine for Canada’s electronic-eavesdropping agency.