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Oversight Board Nominees Noncommittal at Hearing


April 19, 2012

At yesterday's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to question the five nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board--created after September 11, 2001, to provide oversight on U.S. surveillance and security measures--members asked nominees to opine on domestic spy drones, facial recognition technology, warrantless cell phone surveillance and immunity for private companies sharing data with the military, among other privacy-sensitive topics, Courthouse News Service reports. Two nominees indicated they felt law enforcement shouldn't be permitted to conduct warrantless cell phone surveillance, but as a group, the nominees mostly declined to comment definitively on the topics at hand, according to the report.
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