Letter to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Urging Transparency on NSA Surveillance Program

The Brennan Center and 33 other groups sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board asking them to urge the administration to make public any information regarding the legal authorities used to collect and use the data of Americans.

June 18, 2013

The Brennan Center, along with 33 other groups, sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board urging them to urge disclosure of any information about the legal authorities used to collect telephone or other data from millions of Americans – i.e. opinions of the FISA Court on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, orders on the limitations on the governments collection of telephone metadata, or relevant reports from the Office of Inspector General or Office of Legal Counsel – anything that would enable the public to understand the existing legal authorities for national security surveillance of Americans.

Beyond existing documents, the letter also urged the disclosure of other information necessary for public understanding of the scope of surveillance authorities, safeguards for privacy rights and civil liberties, and the historical development of the law since 2001. 

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Letter to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Urging Transparency on NSA Surveillance Program