Summary of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) - April 21, 2021

Held via Videoconference

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National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Canada Revenue Agency, Communications Security Establishment, Department of National Defence, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Meeting Summary:

The tenth virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on April 21, 2021, on the theme “Transparency by Design: Definition, Evaluation and Institutionalization of National Security Transparency – Part VI.”

The NS-TAG discussed their second report, including the potential timeline for publication. Members shared their final thoughts and comments on the draft report. The Transparency Secretariat briefly updated members on some considerations for the third theme and on the start of the second part of a stocktaking exercise to support implementation of the National Security Transparency Commitment.

During the session with guests, panelists shared views on: over-classification of documents-why it happens and measures to prevent it; the importance of accountability and culture change; European projects on the topic of digital rights, surveillance and democracy; the international repository of legal safeguards and oversight innovation; and the challenges and limits of transparency.

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