In addition, many foreign government agencies use mutual legal assistance contracts and other transnational information-sharing mechanisms to obtain information from a federal government institution. A Mutual Legal Assistance Contract (MLAT) allows law enforcement authorities in one country to request assistance from another country to obtain recordings and other evidence related to the investigation or prosecution of criminal offences. Canada`s mutual legal assistance in the Criminal Matters Act (MLACMA) came into force in 1990. Even if the disclosure was a „consistent use,“ there is nothing in the law that requires the government institution holding the information to make it available to the requesting government organization. The decision to disclose is made at its discretion and only the competent designated government official may decide whether to exercise discretion in the disclosure of the information. . . .