Strategic Planning

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The first phase of the SIGINT process involves the identification and formulation of intelligence priorities. The process of strategic planning should draw on insights from previous assessments of collected intelligence and their value after analysis.

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For a recent discussion on the accuracy of data minimization programs, see: Kay Rechthien and Dreo Rodosek. 2016. “Sachverständigengutachten. Beweisbeschluss SV-13, 1. Untersuchungsausschuss der 18. Wahlperiode.” https://cdn.netzpolitik.org/wp-upload/2016/10/gutachten_ip_lokalisation_rodosek.pdf.

For an in-depth explanation of the risk assessment approach, see: Kilian Vieth and Thorsten Wetzling. 2019. “Data-driven Intelligence Oversight: Recommendations for a System Update.” https://guardint.org/2019/11/28/data-driven-intelligence-oversight-recommendations-for-a-system-update/.

More information on the topic of citizenship in national surveillance legislation can be found in:  Peter Swire, Jesse Woo, and Deven R. Desai. 2018. “The Important, Justifiable, and Constrained Role of Nationality in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance.” Lawfare. https://www.lawfareblog.com/important-justifiable-and-constrained-role-nationality-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-0 (arguing for nationality as a key factor in surveillance laws).

Eijkman, Quirine, Nico van Eijk, and Robert van Schaik. 2018. “Dutch National Security Reform Under Review: Sufficient Checks and Balances in the Intelligence and Security Services Act 2017?” Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam). https://www.ivir.nl/publicaties/download/Wiv_2017.pdf.

German Federal Constitutional Court. 2020. Judgment of 19 May 2020 – 1 BvR 2835/17 (on the BND law). https://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/EN/2020/bvg20-037.html.

Murray, Daragh, Pete Fussey, and Maurice Sunkin. 2018. “Response to Invitation for Submissions on Issues Relevant to the Proportionality of Bulk Powers.”  https://www.ipco.org.uk/docs/Essex%20HRBDT%20Submission%20to%20IPCO%20Re%20Proportionality%20Consultation.pdf.

Wetzling, Thorsten. 2020. “Try Harder, Bundestag! Germany Has to Rewrite Its Foreign Intelligence Law.” About:intel. May 22, 2020. https://aboutintel.eu/german-constitutional-court-bnd-ruling/.