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Compliance with legal safeguards must be ensured through comprehensive and regular judicial oversight. Examining the effectiveness of data collection measures is equally important. Overseers need to know about this to assess the political value, the cost efficiency, and the need for the reauthorization of warrants. Identifying suitable metrics and methods for this remains a considerable challenge. For example, if data from a certain program or collection stream never feeds into the production of intelligence reports, does this mean that this particular data collection is superfluous and a strain on the limited resources of the intelligence community? Or, in contrast, would this be tantamount to someone cancelling a fire insurance policy simply because, thus far, his or her house has not caught fire?

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The US intelligence community has released official documentation of intelligence activities and procedures, such as declassified FISC opinions, quarterly reports, and semi-annual assessments. Many of these documents can be found at https://icontherecord.tumblr.com. A guide to released documents is available here: https://www.dni.gov/files/CLPT/documents/Guide_to_Posted_Documents.pdf. A searchable database of all documents is available at: https://www.intel.gov/ic-on-the-record-database.

Barker, Cat, Claire Petrie, Johanna Dawson, Samantha Godec, Pleasance Purser, and Holly Porteous. 2017. “Oversight of Intelligence Agencies: A Comparison of the ‘Five Eyes’ Nations.” Parliamentary Library, Research Paper Series 2017-18. Canberra: Parliament of Australia, Department of Parliamentary Services. https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1718/OversightIntelligenceAgencies.

Belgian Standing Intelligence Agencies Review Committee (Comiteri). 2018. “Activity Report 2016. Review Investigations, Control of Special Intelligence Methods and Recommendations.” Brussels. http://www.comiteri.be/images/pdf/Jaarverslagen/Vast-Comit-I–Activity-Report-2016.PDF.

Council of Europe. 2015. “Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services.” Strasbourg. https://rm.coe.int/democratic-and-effective-oversight-of-national-security-servicesissue/16806daadb.

Parsons, Christopher, Lex Gill, Tamir Israel, Bill Robinson, and Ronald Deibert. 2017. “Analysis of the Communications Security Establishment Act and Related Provisions in Bill C-59 (An Act Respecting National Security Matters), First Reading (December 18, 2017).” The Citizen Lab, Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). https://citizenlab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/C-59-Analysis-1.0.pdf.

Wouter de Widder. 2019. “A Simple Yet Existential Demand: Let Oversight Bodies Work Together.” About:intel. November 6, 2019. https://aboutintel.eu/simple-oversight-demands/.