Privacy Advisor

Privacy Board To Host Workshop on NSA Surveillance Programs

June 24, 2013

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) met with President Barack Obama last Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two. PCLOB Chairman David Medine told the IAPP the board “informed the president” that it “is undertaking a review of the recently revealed surveillance programs as a top priority.”

As part of its oversight efforts, the PCLOB will host “a full day public workshop to seek input from invited experts, academics and advocacy organizations as to the legal bases for these programs and potential options to address privacy and civil liberties concerns.”

Medine said the board “discussed with the president our recommendation that every effort be made to publicly provide the legal rationale for the programs in order to enhance the public discussion and debate about the legality and propriety of the country’s counterterrorism efforts.”

The PCLOB also plans to release a public report with its conclusions and recommendations. The White House did not comment on last Friday’s meeting with the board, The Washington Post reports.

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