Area of oversight

The area of oversight is not associated with specific organisational entities, and it is thus not of decisive importance for the oversight authority which bodies or agencies are engaged in EOS services at any given time. These duties are currently assigned to the Norwegian Police Security Service, the Norwegian National Security Authority, the Norwegian Intelligence Service and the Norwegian Defence Security Department. Consequently, the Committee's continuous oversight is currently conducted in relation to these services. However, the Committee may also conduct investigations in other parts of the public administration if this is deemed necessary in light of the Committee's oversight duties. Senior members of the Public Prosecution Authority, that is, chief public prosecutors and the Director General of Public Prosecutions, shall, however, be exempt from the Committee's area of oversight.

The responsibility for oversight does not include activities involving persons who are not resident in Norway or organizations that have no address in this country. The same applies to activities involving foreign citizens whose residence in Norway is associated with service for a foreign state. This exception is particularly intended for diplomatic personnel. However, the Committee may investigate these areas as well, if special circumstances so dictate. The decision on whether or not such circumstances are present shall be left to the Committee's discretion.

The Committee is not authorised to order the services to take specific action on a matter, nor to make decisions to which the services are obligated to conform, but the Committee may express its opinion on matters or situations it investigates as part of its oversight duties and make recommendations to the services, such as recommending that information on a person be deleted from the service's register, that a matter be reconsidered, or that a practice or measure ought to be discontinued. In its reports to the Storting on oversight activities, the Committee may choose to emphasise various situations or problems associated with the EOS services it regards relevant or of current interest. The Committee's reports shall provide the Storting with an informational basis on which to decide whether amendments to existing legislation or changes in current practice are necessary.

The Committee shall, as a rule, conform to the principle of subsequent oversight. However, the Committee may demand access to, and comment on, current issues.