Oversight Board Still Remains Inactive
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 31, 2011
The Washington Times reports on the status of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which has remained dormant for years. Privacy advocates have questioned the Obama Administration about the board, which was established under President George W. Bush and charged with ensuring that national security policies don't infringe on individuals' privacy and civil liberties. "If the board is no longer meeting, one would assume it is no longer performing this oversight role, which is concerning given the recent extension of the Patriot Act," said a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. More than a dozen groups recently petitioned for the board to become operational, the report states.