is to identify, prevent, investigate and counter threats to the freedom, democracy and security of Danish society.
PET's vision is to be an analysis-based intelligence and security service with a high level of readiness and operational preparedness.
In its role as national intelligence and security authority, PET is responsible for identifying, preventing, investigating and countering threats to the freedom, democracy and security of Danish society.
The threats to Danish society are primarily posed by terrorism, political extremism and espionage, and the threats are aimed at targets within Denmark as well as Danes and Danish interests abroad.
In order for PET to best perform its duties, we have made it our vision to be an analysis-based intelligence and security service with a high level of readiness and operational preparedness. PET also makes targeted efforts to develop preventive measures and has built broad partnerships with players throughout Denmark.
Confidentiality and transparency
In order for PET to perform its duties effectively, many of the activities carried out by PET must be subject to confidentiality. Confidentiality is necessary to keep secret the work methods, capacity, specific operations and sources of PET and its partners. Confidentiality considerations often prevent PET from commenting on a case or confirming or invalidating certain information in public. Within the framework of the PET Act and the Danish Administration of Justice Act, PET may keep information secret when deemed necessary.
At PET, we are very aware that some degree of transparency may have a bearing on the trust and confidence of the general public. Therefore, on a case-by-case basis, PET carefully considers whether it would be appropriate to provide information to the public and whether we can allow transparency for some elements of our activities.
PET's preventive efforts are examples of activities that are subject to a high level of transparency. In this field, transparency and dialogue between PET and Danish society are preconditions for PET effectively performing its duties.
The framework for PET’s activities
On 1 January 2014, the Act on the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (the PET Act) took effect. The Act brought about a legal framework for PET's activities, and also established by this Act was a special supervisory board known as the Intelligence Oversight Board, which oversees that PET complies with the regulations governing the processing of personal data on physical and legal entities.
As before the introduction of the PET Act, PET is also subject to external oversight by the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament Oversight Committee, the Parliament's Ombudsman, the courts, the Independent Police Complaints Authority, the Danish National Police and the Danish National Audit Office.