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Board Member Rachel Brand testimony before the Senate Judicary Hearing, May 10, 2016
Board Member Rachel Brand testified on May 10, 2016 before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary(Download PDF)

Chairman David Medine testimony before the Senate Judicary Hearing, May 10, 2016.
Chairman David Medine testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 10, 2016 at a hearing to examine reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. (Download)

Safeguarding Civil Liberties and Countering Terrorism, April 13, 2016.
Chairman David Medine and Board Members Rachel Brand and Elisebeth Collins were featured in a panel discussion at a March conference organized by the University of Texas at Austin Intelligence Studies Project(Watch)

PCLOB FY 2015 No Fear Act Report , April 1, 2016.
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board No FEAR Act Report Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (Read More)

Statement by the President on the Resignation of David Medine , March 29, 2016.
I am deeply appreciative of David Medine's skilled stewardship of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which he has led since 2013 as the first full-time Chairman. (Read More)

CHAIRMAN DAVID MEDINE TO RESIGN FROM THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD, March 29, 2016.
David Medine, who chairs the independent, bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), has notified the White House of his intent to resign from the Board this summer. (Read More)

PCLOB Releases Update on Government's Implementation of the PCLOB Recommendations on Section 215 and Section 702, February 5, 2016.
The bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has released a report that provides an update on the progress the government has made toward implementing agency recommendations. The "Recommendations Assessment Report" outlines the status of 22 recommendations PCLOB made as part of two separate reports. (Read More)

PCLOB.gov is Now HTTPS by Default, March 18, 2015.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s (PCLOB) public website, PCLOB.gov, is now enabled for HTTPS encryption by default. This means that communication between a website visitor’s web browser and our web server will be encrypted and protected from eavesdropping. (Read More)

PCLOB Posts Status of Attorney General-Approved U.S. Person Procedures Under Executive Order 12333, February 19, 2015.
As part of the dialogue between the Board and the Intelligence Community, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has compiled a table providing information about the Attorney General–approved guidelines for each element of the Intelligence Community. The table, now available on the Board's website, lists the dates on which each agency or department’s guidelines were adopted and provides links to all of the guidelines that are not classified. (Read More)

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Comments on the Intelligence Community's Signals Intelligence Reform Anniversary Report, February 3, 2015.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board welcomes the Administration's effort to provide greater transparency regarding government surveillance through the release of the Intelligence Community's Signals Intelligence Reform Anniversary Report. (Read More)

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Releases Recommendation Assessment Report, January 29, 2015.
To mark the one-year anniversary of its report on the Section 215 telephone records program and the six-month anniversary of its report on the Section 702 surveillance program, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released an assessment of the implementation of its recommendations. In its two reports, the Board made a total of 22 recommendations directed at the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In its assessment, the Board discusses the status of each recommendation’s implementation. (Read More)

PCLOB announces its short-term agenda, August 7, 2014.
At its public meeting on July 23, 2014, the Board announced its current short-term agenda. The issues announced are those that the Board has already determined it will address. The Board is continuing to examine additional issues for its future agenda, and welcomes public input on further topics to address. (Read More)

July 23rd Public Meeting Press Release, July 17, 2014.
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will meet in order to (1) consider and vote on the release of its third semi-annual report, (2) announce the Board’s short-term agenda, and (3) receive the views of non-governmental organizations, the business community, and the general public on its mid-term and long-term agenda.(Read More)

PCLOB Public Meeting on Section 702 Report, June 27, 2014.
Tomorrow, on July 2, 2014, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will be voting upon and releasing its independent bipartisan report and related findings regarding the collection of electronic communications conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. (Read More)

PCLOB Press Statement on Hearing Postponement, October 2, 2013.
Announcing the PCLOB must reschedule its October 4, 2013 public hearing due to the lapse in Federal Government appropriations preventing some witnesses from attending.​ (Read More​)

Executive Director Selection, July 17, 2013.
The Board announces the selection of Sharon Bradford Franklin as Executive Director. (Read More)


Board Testimony and Public Statements

Chairman David Medine's February 4, 2014 Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee (Download​)
Testimony delivered by Chairman Medine before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the Board's recent report on the NSA's bulk telephone records program conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the operations of the FISA court. Chairman Medine described the Board's process for reviewing the telephone records program's operation, legal basis, and policy implications, and provided an overview of the Board's recommendations.​

Statement on Meeting with the President, January 8, 2014.
Announcement that the Board met with the President, Vice President, and their staffs to discuss the Board's findings and conclusions regarding the Section 215 bulk telephone records program and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The Board also announced the schedule for release of the Board's Section 215 report as well as for a separate report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. (Download)

Statement on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, December 18, 2013.
The Board announced its intention to issue a report to the President, Congress, and the public in January or February of 2014 regarding the bulk telephone records program conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. (Download)

Statement on Meeting with the President, June 21, 2013.
Board public statement describing the items discussed during the Board's June 21, 2013 meeting with President Obama. The Board advised the President of its plans and recommended that the legal rationale for the surveillance programs be made public in order to enhance the public debate. (Download)

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