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Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Seeks Public Comment

The Review Group

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Seeks Public Comment

Press Release

September 4, 2013

On August 12, 2013 President Obama directed the establishment of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.  While the Review Group is administratively housed at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), it is conducting an independent review and will report to the President through the DNI.

President Obama met with the members of the Review Group on August 27, Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire. The President thanked the Members of the Group for taking on this important task and looks forward to hearing from them as their work proceeds.

Seeking Public Comment

The Review Group is seeking public comments on all matters that the President has directed it to examine, namely, how in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure. Comments can be provided via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for public submissions is October 4, 2013. 

The comments you provide to the Review Group will be used to inform the group’s deliberations. 

Review Group Privacy and Comment Policy

Your comments will become part of the official record of the Review Group’s activity and will be retained consistent with applicable policy and legal requirements. At this time, the Review Group is receiving comments only, and will not be responding to submitters.  However, the Review Group may determine it appropriate to the public debate to post your comments publicly. Accordingly, any personal information you provide in the comments, or in an address or signature block, may be disclosed.  Providing a comment is voluntary, and implies your consent to publication of the comment and any personal information contained in it.

Should the Review Group post comments, it will review all comments prior to posting and will not post comments that contain vulgar or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms that target specific groups; spam or comments that are clearly “off topic”;  commercial promotions; information that promotes or opposes any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition; reports of criminal or suspicious activity - if you have information for law enforcement, please contact your local police agency; unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries; solicitations for contracting or commercial business; or any claims, demands, informal or formal complaints, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notices or processes; normal complaints, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notices or processes.

Privacy and Comment Policy

The Review Group

Privacy and Comment Policy

Your comments will become part of the official record of the Review Group’s activity and will be retained consistent with applicable policy and legal requirements. At this time, the Review Group is receiving comments only, and will not be responding to submitters.  However, we may determine it appropriate to the public debate to post your comments publicly. Accordingly, any personal information you provide in the comments, or in an address or signature block, may be disclosed.  Providing a comment is voluntary, and implies your consent to publication of the comment and any personal information contained in it. 

Should the Review Group post comments, it will review all comments prior to posting and will not post comments that contain vulgar or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms that target specific groups; spam or comments that are clearly “off topic”;  commercial promotions; information that promotes or opposes any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition; reports of criminal or suspicious activity - if you have information for law enforcement, please contact your local police agency; unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries; solicitations for contracting or commercial business; or any claims, demands, informal or formal complaints, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notices or processes.

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Conducts Meetings with Privacy and Civil Liberties Experts and Information Technology Industry Experts

The Review Group

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Conducts Meetings with Privacy and Civil Liberties Experts and Information Technology Industry Experts

Press Release

September 9, 2013

Today, members of the Review Group on Intelligence and CommunicationsTechnologies met with more than a dozen privacy and civil liberties groups and experts to hear comments about how the review group should carry out its tasks.  Participants discussed recommendations about how to respect the Intelligence Community’s commitment to privacy and civil liberties and maintain the public trust.

In a separate meeting, the review group today met with information technology companies and experts.  Participants discussed the foreign policy implications, including economic implications, of U.S. policy concerning intelligence and communications technology.

The meetings today are part of the Review Group’s overall efforts to receive comments from the public on all matters that the President has asked it to examine.  Comments can be provided via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for public submissions is October 4, 2013.  Further information on public comments is available via IC on the Record.


On August 12, 2013 President Obama directed the establishment of the review group. While it is administratively housed at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), it is conducting an independent review and will report directly to the President.

The review group’s task is to advise the President “on how, in light of advancements in technology, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.”

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Releases Public Comments

The Review Group

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Releases Public Comments

Press Release

November 1, 2013

On September 4, 2013 the Review Group solicited comments from the public to inform its deliberations.  Between September 4, 2013 and October 4, 2013, the Review Group received close to 250 comments.

The Review Group has reviewed all submitted comments, and is publishing all comments that meet the Review Group's Privacy and Comment Policy.  Comments submitted to the Review Group have become part of the official record of the Review Group’s activity and will be retained consistent with applicable policy and legal requirements.

The Review Group uses the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as a vehicle for outreach and maintains a web presence on that website.  Published comments are available here.  Posted comments do not reflect the opinions of the Review Group Members, whether individually or collectively, nor of the USG.

The Review Group Members thank all who took time and effort to share their ideas.



On August 12, 2013 President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and tasked the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to provide administrative support to the Review Group. President Obama met with the members of the Review Group - Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire - on August 27 and thanked them for taking on this important task. Their mission is to review and provide recommendations on “how in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.”

The Review Group

The Review Group

About the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

On August 12, 2013 President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and tasked the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to provide administrative support to the Review Group.

President Obama met with the members of the Review Group, Richard Clarke, Michael Morell, Geoffrey Stone, Cass Sunstein and Peter Swire - on August 27, 2013 and thanked them for taking on this important task. Their mission is to review and provide recommendations on “how in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.”

Public Comments for the Review Group

On September 4, 2013 the Review Group solicited comments from the public to inform its deliberations, and included in that solicitation its Privacy and Comment Policy.  Between September 4, 2013 and October 4, 2013, the Review Group received close to 250 comments.

The Review Group has reviewed all submitted comments, and is publishing all comments that meet the Review Group's Privacy and Comment Policy. *Note: The Group received several requests for extension.  In each case, the extension was granted.

Click here to view comments

Posted comments do not reflect the opinions of the Review Group Members, whether individually or collectively, nor of the USG. Comments submitted to the Review Group have become part of the official record of the Review Group’s activity and will be retained consistent with applicable policy and legal requirements.

The Review Group Members thank all who took time and effort to share their ideas.


Statements & Releases

November 1, 2013 -- Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Releases Public Comments

September 9, 2013 -- Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Conducts Meetings with Privacy and Civil Liberties Experts and Information Technology Industry Experts

September 4, 2013 -- Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Seeks Public Comment

August 27, 2013 -- Statement by the Press Secretary on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology

August 12, 2013 -- DNI Clapper Announces Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

August 12, 2013 -- Presidential Memorandum -- Reviewing Our Global Signals Intelligence Collection and Communications Technologies

 

 

 

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