New nomination to US privacy oversight board, just ahead of cybersecurity fights in Congress
By Jeff Landale
With the recent re-nomination of David Medine as chairman, the long-dormant US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) may finally come to life.
The renewal of the Board and its mandate comes not a moment too soon. A strong, independent oversight body is necessary to protect digital rights as Congress is likely to consider cybercrime and cybersecurity issues, such as a proposed amendment to the highly controversial federal Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which would require all communications providers to install backdoors in their products and services.
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