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July 8, 2019

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Releases Inventory of Active Oversight Projects and Other Initiatives

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release July 08, 2019

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Releases Inventory of Active Oversight Projects and Other Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC – 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.

Attaining the greatest possible transparency was one of the five “strategic goals” in the Board’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. To achieve that goal, the Board committed in the Plan that it would “seek to identify publicly the subjects of its oversight reviews.” This release fulfills that goal. It reflects the Board’s commitment to giving the public and other stakeholders the greatest possible insight into the Board’s work, consistent with the need to protect classified information and with other applicable law. The Board intends to update the inventory biannually.

A copy of the document accompanies this release.

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The PCLOB is an independent agency within the Executive Branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. The PCLOB’s mission is to ensure that the federal government’s efforts to prevent terrorism are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties. Current Board Members include Chairman Adam I. Klein and Board Members Jane E. Nitze and Edward W. Felten.

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