Partners Share Input on Privacy Board’s Agenda

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) invited the public to submit comments on its future research agenda. OpenTheGovernment.org and several partners submitted comments.
OpenTheGovernment.org
OTG recommended the PCLOB seek declassification of information about surveillance conducted under Executive Order 1233 and information about the United States’ overseas targeted killing program. The full comments are available here.

Center for National Security Studies (CNSS)
CNSS asked, among other requests, that the PCLOB “consider how best to inform the public concerning how current government surveillance authorities fit together.” CNSS also recommended the PCLOB issue follow-up reports on the board’s recommendations addressing surveillance authorities under sections 215 and 702.

Government Accountability Project (GAP)
GAP encouraged the Board to become “a legally-authorized recipient of disclosures by intelligence community whistleblowers” and to conduct a review of existing channels for intelligence whistleblowers.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, American Society of News Editors (ASNE)
The Reporters Committee, ASNE, and a coalition of media organizations asked the PCLOB to examine the impact of national security surveillance on the practice of journalism.

Sunlight Foundation
The Sunlight Foundation’s comments urged the Board to investigate intelligence sharing activities, including Parallel Construction. Sunlight notes that Reuters reported on documents “that reveal guidance on the deliberate masking and falsification of investigative history in order to erase investigations’ origins.” The full comments are available here.

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