Brennan Center Urges Series of Reforms to Privacy Board

The Brennan Center submitted comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recommending a series of reforms that better protect Americans' privacy and encourage government oversight.

August 29, 2014

The Brennan Center for Justice submitted comments on the mid-term and long-term agenda of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), recommending that the Board focus on four issues: 1) the FBI’s authorities under the Attorney General’s Guidelines, 2) fusion centers and Suspicious Activity Reporting, 3) the NSA’s surveillance authorities under Executive Order 12333, and 4) the privacy protections provided for non-U.S. persons under Presidential Policy Directive 28.

The Brennan Center previously submitted comments on the NSA’s surveillance activities under both Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), part of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA). We also provided both written and oral testimony for the PCLOB’s March 19, 2014 public hearing focused on Section 702, and offered further written commentary on April 11, 2014.

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Brennan Center Recommends Series of Reforms to Privacy Board