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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.


Filed: May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 Public Meeting on Executive Order 12333 at the National Constitution Center

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held a May 13, 2015 public meeting to examine the history, constitutional implications, and oversight of counterterrorism activities conducted under Executive Order 12333, which governs the intelligence efforts of the United States.


Filed: April 1, 2015

April 8, 2015 Public Meeting on Executive Order 12333

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held a public meeting on April 8, 2015, to discuss and vote on a proposed plan for its review of counterterrorism activities conducted by the Intelligence Community under Executive Order 12333. Each Board Member offered comments explaining his or her views regarding the proposed plan, after which the plan was approved by a vote of four to one.

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