In an op-ed for POLITICO, Adam Klein argues why President-elect Donald Trump should save the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. “The board has only recently become a credible, visible oversight agency — yet it is already on the verge of becoming defunct, with too few Senate-confirmed members to function,” Klein writes. “This would be a setback for Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.” A nonexistent PCLOB could also spell big trouble for the Privacy Shield agreement. “If the board ceases to function just as these cases are moving forward, it will validate European skepticism (whether legitimate or not) about U.S. intelligence practices and greatly increase the likelihood that Privacy Shield will fall,” writes Klein.
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