After a SIGINT collection cycle has been completed, both the government and oversight bodies need to provide adequate information about both the surveillance activities undertaken as well as their specific oversight activities thereon. To enhance public trust, the intelligence services should proactively declassify key legal documents of public interest. Such releases have, for example, allowed for the creation of rare public – and quite comprehensive – accounts of different types and patterns of compliance violations over the duration of the U.S. Section 702 program.
Although full transparency of oversight activities may not be possible due to secrecy requirements, the regular reporting by oversight bodies is an indispensable means for public trust and accountability. For this, it ought to be as comprehensive and timely as possible.