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ACLU: Statewide, independent Utah jail inspections needed

Utah is one of about 20 states without statewide rules on jail inspections or independent oversight of county jails, something the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah said it wants … Click to Continue »

State Bar oversight sparks religious fight in Texas House

Debate over usually benign State Bar rules has devolved into a bitter "religious liberty" fight in the Texas House. The chamber approved Monday an oversight law for the Texas Board … Click to Continue »

House OKs bill that eyes Russia's alleged covert campaigns

The bipartisan bill addresses national security threats, the U.S. intelligence community's activities and congressional oversite duties. Monitoring would be strengthened over the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent...Show More Summary

NSA Statements On 'About' Collection Shutdown Contradict PCLOB's Findings

7 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The impact the dropping of the "about" collection will have on the NSA's upstream harvesting will either be massive or minimal, depending on who you ask. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on the "about" collection...Show More Summary

Watchdog board that keeps eye on U.S. intelligence agencies barely functions

A little-known civilian watchdog board whose responsibilities include monitoring the civil rights compliance of U.S. spy agencies is barely hanging onbto life. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a … Click to Continue »

The Surveillance Oversight Board Is Dead And It's Unlikely President Trump Will Revive It

11 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) -- at least partially responsible for recent surveillance reforms -- is dead. The first hints of its demise were tucked away in the annual intelligence budget, which gave Congress...Show More Summary

Before Trump's presidency, US privacy board in disarray

A federal board responsible for protecting Americans against abuses by spy agencies is in disarray just weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight … Click to Continu...

US privacy board in disarray before Trump takes office

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will have only two remaining members as of Jan. 7 — and zero Democrats, even though it is required to operate as an independent, bipartisan agency. [...] it has been crucial in ensuring members of Congress and the public have a window into the highly secretive and classified world of intelligence agencies. [...]Show More Summary

Surveillance Oversight Board Was Fun While It Lasted, But That's Pretty Much Over For Now

11 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Congress -- in the name of oversight -- is going to end up neutering the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Already the victim of endless dicking around by two straight administrations, the PCLOB finally came together when surveillance issues could no longer be ignored. Show More Summary

Half of American adults appear in facial recognition databases — and police are using them with almost no oversight

A coalition of civil liberties groups are calling for a Department of Justice investigation into police facial recognition databases, after a damning report released Tuesday found that roughly half of American adults appear in the unregulated...Show More Summary

Surprise: Intelligence Community Comes Out Against Congressional Plan To Weaken Intelligence Oversight

last yearIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Well, this is somewhat unexpected. Earlier this year, we noted that Congress was working on a plan to undermine the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). But apparently, the Intelligence Community, in the form of Director...Show More Summary

If California wants better compliance from charter schools, it must fix its oversight system

California needs reasonable, clearly defined and well-enforced rules for charter school oversight, a point driven home by a recent report issued by the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the nonprofit law firm Public Advocates. The study concluded that 253 California...

U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberty Watchdog Faces Limits in Congress

Some in Congress want to restrain the work of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which guards against government intrusion into Americans’ lives.

CV Loop: GOP rejects effort to weaken marriage plank

MARRIAGE // A panel working on the Republican Party’s platform stood strong and rejected an attempt to soften the party’s opposition to same-sex ‘marriage.’ http://cvote.it/29DvusT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // The House Oversight Committee begins hearings today on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Show More Summary

So-Called First Amendment Defense Act Would Roll Back Critical Protections for LGBTQ People

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). FADA seeks to foster state sanctioned discrimination under the guise of religious liberty. On its...Show More Summary

2017 Intelligence Bill Would Constrain Privacy Board

The jurisdiction of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) would be restricted for the second year in a row by the Senate Intelligence Committee version of the FY2017 Intelligence Authorization Act (S.3017). SectionShow More Summary

Why Is Congress Undermining President's Surveillance Oversight Board?

2 years agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is supposed to be an independent body that makes sure that the intelligence community is not abusing its surveillance powers. It was created to go along with the PATRIOT Act, as a sort of counterbalance, except that it initially had basically no power. Show More Summary

Senate Hearing Slams FBI for Indiscriminate Snooping of Foreign Intel

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regularly queries the intelligence community’s foreign intelligence database for information on domestic US cases, Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), David Medine said on Tuesday.

David Medine, Leading U.S. Privacy Watchdog, Resigns Unexpectedly

2 years agoNews : Truthdig

g4ll4is / (CC BY-SA 2.0) After years of service, David Medine is leaving as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The board was established after the 9/11 attacks to bolster counterterrorism efforts inShow More Summary

Head of US’ Top Privacy Watchdog Group Resigns

The chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch that determines the risks of counterterrorism programs to Americans’ constitutional rights, has suddenly resigned.

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