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Secret intelligence gathering
Data management

Foreign and security policy
International terrorism, Al-Qaede
Economic security
Organised crime
Export control
Foreign secret services
Protective security
Communications security

The Mission of the Information Office
  "Efficient intelligence does not necessarily result in wise political responses. Without sound intelligence, however, top political decisions, measures can neither effectively correspond to the conditions, nor actually reflect the national interests or properly safeguard (…) the nation´s security." (excerpt from the report of the Rockefeller Committee)

In the aftermath of regime change in Central Eastern Europe, the fully independent new democratic states - including the Republic of Hungary as well - formulated their security and defence political principles and their national security strategies respectively. Besides world political and regional developments and crises, the various states have to face global dangers like terrorism, spread of weapons of mass destruction, and international organised crime.

The Information Office is a civilian intelligence service primarily operating outside of the country. Its mission is to obtain confidential information on foreign countries, or of foreign origin to help enforce the interests of the nation, to participate in guaranteeing the sovereignty and protection of the constitutional order of the Republic of Hungary.

Intelligence information serves to inform government decisions. The government identifies the topics that it wants to be advised on via the intelligence service. On the ground of these intelligence requirements the Information Office, through its special tools and methods, gathers data, information and documents that are unavailable or just restrictedly available through official channels.

In an effort to discharge its duties the Office conducts operational activity. From human and technical sources it collects secret and confidential data, but it also uses open sources and exploits the opportunities provided by the international-level co-operation, too. It analyses the data it has collected, and compares them with already available pieces of information, evaluates them, then it produces and distributes intelligence reports to the decision-makers.

That is why the work of an intelligence service is inevitable.

European Union
National security files