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Filed: June 26, 2019

The Board has Voted to Initiate Three New Oversight Projects

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.


Filed: May 14, 2019

The Board to Hold 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.


Filed: March 28, 2019

Podcast: Surveillance and Oversight, Implications for US Leadership

Chairman Adam Klein addressed students at the GW Elliott School of International Affairs on the topic of surveillance and oversight, implications for US leadership.


Filed: March 11, 2019

Statements From the Board’s February 8, 2019 Public Forum: “Countering Terrorism While Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties: Where do We Stand in 2019?”

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Public Hearing.


Filed: February 25, 2019

Lynn Parker Dupree Named Executive Director

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chairman Adam Klein has appointed Lynn Parker Dupree to serve as the Board’s new Executive Director.  For nearly five years, Ms. Dupree has served as the Board’s Deputy General Counsel.  She has been involved across the Board’s oversight and advice portfolio, including its report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


Filed: January 30, 2019

The Board Announces Panelists for Upcoming Public Forum

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has announced participants for its February 8, 2019 public forum, the first to be held by the Board since regaining a quorum late last year.


Filed: January 13, 2019

Board Releases Statement on the Passing of Former Board Member Patricia Wald

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) Chairman Adam Klein and Board Members Edward Felten and Jane Nitze have released the following joint statement on the passing of Patricia Wald, who served as a Board Member from 2012-2017.


Filed: December 18, 2018

Board Announces February 8, 2019 Public Forum

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has announced that it will hold a public forum on February 8, 2019, in Washington, DC. The subject of the forum is Countering Terrorism while Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties: Where do We Stand in 2019? The forum will be open to the public and members of the media.

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