The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is a 5-member board tasked with overseeing some aspects of privacy and civil liberties compliance by the Intelligence Community. The former Chairman, David Medine, left in the middle of last year, and no replacement has been named. As this report from the Seattle Times makes clear, another member, Jim Dempsey, will be leaving on January 3 and board member Judge Patrica Wald will retire on January 7.
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This week, the American Bar Association hosted a panel discussion on “Achieving More Transparency about Secret Intelligence Programs,” which featured comments from Lawfare's Carrie Cordero,
Congratulations to my Columbia University colleague Steve Bellovin, who was just appointed as the first Technology Scholar of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (announcement here). I've learned a lot from Steve in the years I've known him here on campus. Some readers will be familiar with his work on "lawful hacking" with fellow Lawfarer Susan Landau.
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."