Oversight Reports

The 2014 PCLOB Report is a comprehensive public report that provides an unclassified description of the intricacies of this complex program. PCLOB conducted a comprehensive study of the current Section 702 program, and this report presents PCLOB’s findings in an unclassified format to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the protection of classified information and applicable law. It carries forward and updates factual and legal information from the 2014 PCLOB Report and adds new discussions where substantial changes have been implemented, greater transparency is now possible, or new information has become available.

The PCLOB previously released assessments of the status of the Section 215 Report and Section 702 Report recommendations in 2015 and 2016 (“2015 Recommendations Assessment Report” and “2016 Recommendations Assessment Report,” respectively). The PCLOB issues this report from PCLOB staff (“Staff”) to provide an update on the status of those recommendations as well as to assess the status of the recommendations contained within the PPD-28 Report. The report, while drafted by Staff, also includes separate annex statements from Board Members Ed Felten and Travis LeBlanc. 

Filed: February 10, 2022

Report and Recommendations on CIA Counterterrorism Activities Conducted Pursuant to E.O. 12333

In July 2014, the Board announced that it would review, among other matters, counterterrorism-related intelligence activities conducted pursuant to Executive Order 12333, as amended (“E.O. 12333”). The following releases include:

  1. A report, containing appropriate redactions to protect classified information, regarding CIA financial data activities in support of ISIL-related counterterrorism efforts ("Deep Dive 1"); and 
  2. Staff-level recommendations, containing appropriate redactions to protect classified information, resulting from the Board's review of one CIA counterterrorism activity conducted pursuant to E.O. 12333 ("Deep Dive 2").

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has issued its unanimously-approved Executive Order 12333 (EO 12333) public capstone report. 

Filed: November 19, 2020

The Board Concludes Review of Treasury's Terrorist Finance Tracking Program

The Board has concluded its review of the Treasury Department’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program and its implications for privacy and civil liberties.

Chairman's Statement on TFTP

The Board's TFTP Statement

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has issued its oversight report on the government’s operation of the call detail records (CDR) program under the USA Freedom Act.

This is the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)’s Report on the Implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 28 (PPD-28)

Recommendations for Privacy and Civil Liberties Officers: Reports under Section 803 of the 9/11 Commission Act

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.

To mark the one-year anniversary of its report on the Section 215 telephone records program and the six-month anniversary of its report on the Section 702 surveillance program, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released an assessment of the implementation of its recommendations. In its two reports, the Board made a total of 22 recommendations directed at the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In its assessment, the Board discusses the status of each recommendation’s implementation.

The Board's report on the surveillance program directed at international telephone and internet communications conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The report provides descriptive, legal, and policy analysis of the program and offers ten recommendations to further ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

The Board's report on the bulk telephone records program conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act on the operations of the FISA court. The report contains descriptive, legal, and policy analyses of both the telephone records program and the FISA court, and it offers twelve recommendations to increase privacy and civil liberties protections.