The CSE Commissioner provides independent, external review of CSE activities to determine whether they complied with the laws of Canada, including the National Defence Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Privacy Act.  He provides an annual report for Parliament about his activities, including unclassified summaries of his classified reviews of CSE activities. The Commissioner has all the powers of the Inquiries Act, including the power of subpœna, which gives him unfettered access to all CSE facilities, documents and personnel.

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