EPIC has released the 2010 Privacy Report Card for the Obama Administration. EPIC gave the Administration a grade of C in Consumer Privacy, B in Medical Privacy, D in Civil Liberties, and B in Cybersecurity. A group of experts participated in a Capitol Hill briefing on privacy and the Obama Administration. This year’s grades are a drop from the grades given in EPIC’s 2009 Privacy Report Card and reflect important privacy developments during the past year. The report card launch is part of EPIC’s Privacy 2010 Campaign.
I’m not sure how they come up with D in Civil Liberties, as I would have given this Administration an F based on their failure to fill the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, their attempt to expand surveillance going forward, their attempt to argue for warrantless surveillance, and their attempt to block enforcement of an injunction barring DADT (after they failed to get Congress to rescind it). And that’s just off the top of my head.
Civil liberties hits at the Democrats’ base. If liberals share EPIC’s view (which is shared by this blog) that this administration has an unsatisfactory record on civil liberties and privacy, will the Democrats stay home on Election Day? I bet they do.