Privacy

PCLOB Releases Recommendations Assessment Report

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4:49 PM

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) released its most recent Recommendations Assessment Report on Friday, February 5th. The Recommendations Assessment Report follows up on the 22 recommendations made by the board in its 2014 reports on the government's Section 215 and Section 702 surveillance programs. Those reports aimed to "ensure that these programs appropriately balance national security with privacy and civil liberties." 

The most recent report finds that "all of the PCLOB's 22 recommendations have been implemented in full or in part, or the relevant government agency has taken significant steps toward adoption and implementation." 13 have been implemented in full, either through executive or Congressional action, and 6 of the 12 recommendations related to Section 215 were implemented by the USA Freedom Act. The board concludes that since the release of its two reports, "important measures have been taken to enhance the protection of Americans' privacy and civil liberties and to strengthen the transparency of the government's surveillance efforts, without jeopardizing our counterterrorism efforts." 

The document explains each of the board's recommendations, the steps taken to implement them, and offers an assessment of how fully they have been adopted. 

You can read the full report here or below: