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 August 3, 2012  Posted by  Govt

Peter Swire informs us that on its way out the door, Congress  confirmed 4 of 5 nominees for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board:

Tonight the U.S. Senate confirmed four of the five nominees for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: Rachel Brand; Elizabeth Cook; Jim Dempsey (of the Center for Democracy and Technology); and Pat Wald (long-time judge on the DC Circuit).

This is good news.  The PCLOB has not been up and running for several years, and now it will have a quorum.  The importance of having the Board in place has been underscored recently by the Senate’s consideration of the cybersecurity bill.  If there is lots of information sharing, then there should be effective oversight of that sharing.

The goods news is incomplete, though.

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