NCAC has joined a coalition of 20 organizations led by the ACLU in urging the Biden Administration to appoint privacy and civil liberties-minded candidates to fill the existing vacancies on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) and uphold government transparency.

The PCLOB, created based on a recommendation of the 9/11 commission, was charged by Congress in 2007 to review federal counterterrorism programs to ensure that they provide adequate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties. A functioning PCLOB is necessary to continue to hold the government accountable for safeguarding our privacy in surveillance programs that are often shrouded in secrecy.

In a letter to the administration, the co-signing organizations call on the PCLOB to operate with a full bipartisan slate of qualified individuals with expertise in protecting privacy and civil liberties and experience in the field.

Read the full letter below. Click here for a full-screen view: