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Filed: April 4, 2020

The 9/11 Playbook for Protecting Privacy

New data tools can help fight the coronavirus — as long as we don’t forget the lessons we learned after 9/11.

The coronavirus pandemic will transform American life like no event since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The outbreak, it is now clear, will cause death and economic destruction far greater than 9/11, awakening us to the profound threat that pandemic disease poses to our well-being, economy, and way of life.

The 9/11 Playbook for Protecting Privacy


Filed: March 20, 2020

Adam Klein: To Fight Coronavirus Spread, Constitution Allows Governments to Do What Public Health Requires

Chairman Adam Klein opinion, Fox News, March 20, 2020.

Are authoritarian regimes inherently better at fighting pandemics? China appears – after months of delay and deception – to have brought its domestic outbreak under control, but COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) continues to spread rapidly elsewhere.

Adam Klein: To Fight Coronavirus Spread, Constitution Allows Governments to Do What Public Health Requires


Filed: March 11, 2020

It's Time for Congress to Sunset NSA's Call Data Program

Board Member Edward Felten opinion, The Hill, March 11, 2020.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019. 

It's Time for Congress to Sunset NSA's Call Data Program


Filed: February 25, 2020

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

New York Times on the Board’s Call Detail Records Report, February 25, 2020

A disputed program that allowed the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts yielded only one significant investigation, according to a newly declassified study.

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads


Filed: July 31, 2019

Statements From The Board’s May 31, 2019 Public Forum on the USA Freedom Act Telephone Call Records Program


Filed: July 8, 2019

The Board Releases Inventory of Active Oversight Projects and Other Initiatives

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board today released an inventory of its active oversight projects and other initiatives. Notably, the release discloses for the first time, after clearance by the agency, the subject of the Board’s “deep dive” review of a classified activity conducted by the NSA. The inventory also describes several previously unannounced projects approved by the Board in early 2017.



Filed: June 28, 2019

The Board Welcomes Senate Confirmation of New Members

The Senate has confirmed the nominations of Aditya Bamzai and Travis LeBlanc to serve as Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  With these confirmations, the independent, bipartisan Board will have a full slate of Members for the first time since 2016.  The Senate also confirmed the re-nomination of Board Member Edward Felten to a new six-year term.

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Filed: June 26, 2019

The Board To Examine Use of Facial Recognition and Other Biometric Technologies in Aviation Security

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has voted to initiate three new oversight projects, including a review of the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies in aviation security.


Filed: June 21, 2019

As security agencies digitize, oversight must keep up

Chairman Adam Klein and Board Members Edward Felten and Jane Nitze opinion, The Hill, June 21, 2019.

Our agency, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, was created by Congress to oversee the enhanced powers granted to the federal government in response to the 9/11 attacks. Increasingly, effective oversight means ensuring that agencies use digital technologies only for lawful and appropriate purposes. As with consumer protections, however, technology threatens to overtake analog-era constraints on national-security programs.

As security agencies digitize, oversight must keep up


Filed: May 31, 2019

The Board Held a Public Forum on the USA Freedom Act Telephone Call Records Program

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chairman Adam Klein and Board Members Edward Felten and Jane Nitze have announced a May 31, 2019 public forum in Washington, DC to examine the USA FREEDOM Act and the government’s call detail records (CDR) program under that law.   Several key provisions of the USA FREEDOM Act will sunset in December unless they are reauthorized by Congress.

Expert panelists included:

Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Director of the National Security Institute and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School and George Mason University;
Susan Landau, Bridge Professor of Cyber Security and Policy in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University;
Jonathan Mayer, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University;
Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute;
Caroline Lynch, Founder and Owner of Copper Hill Strategies, former Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations;
Michael Bahar, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, Former Minority Staff Director and General Counsel for the US House Intelligence Committee.

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