The future of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board may be in jeopardy, according to emails obtained by The Intercept. The PCLOB only has one of the five members it needs to be fully operational. Without its full set of members, the PCLOB cannot monitor the nation's surveillance apparatus, send reports to Congress, or hold public meetings. Its dire situation may also be a major blow to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, as the group was slated to be a check on U.S. surveillance of European citizens. Potential nominees to fill the other four spots may not pop up anytime soon. Bipartisan cooperation with President Donald Trump to name two Democrats to the board would be a major roadblock, if Trump chooses to nominate anyone at all. In a Lawfare blog post last month, Carrie Cordero, CIPP/US, argued replenishing the PCLOB would be an "easy win" for Trump. Editor's note: Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, recently wrote about the PCLOB's effect on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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