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Senate Confirms Four to Oversight Board

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 3, 2012

The U.S. Senate has confirmed four of the five nominees for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, writes Peter Swire, CIPP/US, for Concurring Opinions. Those confirmed are Rachel Brand, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Dempsey and Pat Wald. “This is good news,” Swire writes. “The importance of having the board in place has been underscored recently by the Senate’s consideration of the cybersecurity bill. If there is lots of information sharing, then there should be effective oversight of that sharing.” However, Swire adds, the board lacks a chairperson since that nominee was voted out, meaning the “Senate has more work to do on this.”
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