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Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board


The Board advises the President and other senior executive branch officials to ensure that concerns with respect to privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in the implementation of all laws, regulations, and executive branch policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism. This includes advising on whether adequate guidelines, supervision, and oversight exist to protect these important legal rights of all Americans.

In addition, the Board is specifically charged with responsibility for reviewing the terrorism information sharing practices of executive branch departments and agencies to determine whether guidelines designed to appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties are being followed, including those issued by the President on December 16, 2005: Message to the Congress of the United States on Information Sharing; and Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.

In the course of performing these functions within the executive branch, the Board seeks the views of private sector, non-profit and academic institutions, Members of Congress, and all other interested parties and individuals on these issues.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lanny J. Davis
c. 1946   White House Counsel, 1996-98
Carol E. Dinkins
9-Nov-1945   Vinson & Elkins
Ted Olson
11-Sep-1940   US Solicitor General, 2001-04
Alan Charles Raul
9-Sep-1954   Sidley & Austin
Mark A. Robbins
c. 1964   Office of Personnel Management
Francis X. Taylor
?   Counterterrorism envoy, 2001-02

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