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Filed: December 17, 2018

Board Releases Joint Statement About Departing Board Member Elisebeth Collins

The Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) have released  the following joint statement to mark the departure of longtime Board Member Elisebeth Collins. Board Member Collins departed the Board effective December 15, 2018.


Filed: October 18, 2018

New PCLOB Board Members Release Joint Statement


Filed: June 27, 2017

Testimony by Board Member Elisebeth Collins Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Board Member Elisebeth Collins testified on June 27, 2017 before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.


Filed: May 10, 2016

Testimony by Chairman David Medine Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Chairman David Medine testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 10, 2016 at a hearing to examine reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


Filed: May 10, 2016

Testimony by Board Member Rachel Brand Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Board Member Rachel Brand testified on May 10, 2016 before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.


Filed: April 13, 2016

Safeguarding Civil Liberties and Countering Terrorism

Chairman David Medine and Board Members Rachel Brand and Elisebeth Collins were featured in a panel discussion at a March conference organized by the University of Texas at Austin Intelligence Studies Project. The topic of their panel discussion was titled, “Safeguarding Civil Liberties and Countering Terrorism.”



Filed: March 29, 2016

Statement by the President on the Resignation of David Medine

I am deeply appreciative of David Medine’s skilled stewardship of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which he has led since 2013 as the first full-time Chairman.

Statement by the President


Filed: March 29, 2016

Chairman David Medine To Resign From The Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board

David Medine, who chairs the independent, bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), has notified the White House of his intent to resign from the Board this summer.

After leaving the Board, Chairman Medine will be working with a development organization, advising on data privacy and consumer protection for lower-income financial consumers in developing countries.

In a resignation statement, Chairman Medine said:

“I have had the great privilege of being PCLOB’s first chairman. During my tenure and thanks to the support of the President and Congress, the Board has been able to carry out its timely mission of conducting oversight and providing advice to ensure that federal counterterrorism efforts properly balance national security with privacy and civil liberties.

“I am grateful to have served alongside hardworking and thoughtful Board Members and staff who have demonstrated extraordinary talent and commitment in their diligent work to protect privacy and civil liberties. We have been full partners in the daunting challenge of starting a new federal agency at the same time as we were being called upon to address how this country can simultaneously protect its cherished values while ensuring national security.

“I look forward to continuing to work on PCLOB’s current projects until my departure. I am pleased to know that, even after my departure, the Board Members and our dedicated staff remain committed to carrying forward the Board’s critical work, including its ongoing examination of counterterrorism activities under Executive Order 12333.”

Chairman Medine has notified the White House that his resignation will be effective July 1, 2016.


Filed: February 5, 2016

PCLOB Releases Update on Government's Implementation of the PCLOB Recommendations on Section 215 and Section 702

The bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has released a report that provides an update on the progress the government has made toward implementing agency recommendations. The “Recommendations Assessment Report” outlines the status of 22 recommendations PCLOB made as part of two separate reports.

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