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* The above list is not meant to be exhaustive. There are also multiple laws, regulations and policies that apply to specific agencies, activities, and types of data that form a part of this infrastructure. References that are not highlighted can be found in the IC Legal Reference Book.
Sec. 103D. (codified as 50 USC 403-3d of the National Security Act of 1947)
(a) Civil Liberties Protection Officer.
(1) Within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, there is a Civil Liberties Protection Officer who shall be appointed by the Director of National Intelligence.
(2) The Civil Liberties Protection Officer shall report directly to the Director of National Intelligence.
(b) Duties. The Civil Liberties Protection Officer shall-
(1) ensure that the protection of civil liberties and privacy is appropriately incorporated in the policies and procedures developed for and implemented by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the elements of the intelligence community within the National Intelligence Program;
(2) oversee compliance by the Office and the Director of National Intelligence with requirements under the Constitution and all laws, regulations, Executive orders, and implementing guidelines relating to civil liberties and privacy;
(3) review and assess complaints and other information indicating possible abuses of civil liberties and privacy in the administration of the programs and operations of the Office and the Director of National Intelligence and, as appropriate, investigate any such complaint or information;
(4) ensure that the use of technologies sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal information;
(5) ensure that personal information contained in a system of records subject to section 552a of title 5, United States Code (popularly referred to as the "Privacy Act"), is handled in full compliance with fair information practices as set out in that section;
(6) conduct privacy impact assessments when appropriate or as required by law; and
(7) perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Director of National Intelligence or specified by law.
(c) Use of agency Inspectors General. When appropriate, the Civil Liberties Protection Officer may refer complaints to the Office of Inspector General having responsibility for the affected element of the department or agency of the intelligence community to conduct an investigation under paragraph (3) of subsection (b).
The IC must exemplify America's values: operating under the rule of law, consistent with Americans' expectations for protection of privacy and civil liberties, respectful of human rights, and in a manner that retains the trust of the American people." - National Intelligence Strategy, August 2009
The office is led by the Civil Liberties Protection Officer, a position established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Reporting directly to the Director of National Intelligence, the Civil Liberties Protection Officer oversees compliance with civil liberties and privacy requirements within the ODNI and ensures that civil liberties and privacy protections are incorporated into policies and procedures developed and implemented by the elements of the Intelligence Community.
The Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) ensures that the IC operates in a manner that advances national security while protecting the freedoms, civil liberties, and privacy rights guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.
In furtherance of its strategic goal to enhance transparency into the IC’s civil liberties and privacy protections, CLPO has issued an Information Paper on the updated National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Guidelines.
This information paper describes how the updated guidelines incorporate safeguards and oversight mechanisms into NCTC’s processes for identifying terrorism information in appropriate U.S. government datasets that may be lawfully shared with NCTC.
Drawing on a broad legal and policy framework, and in concert with partner offices and institutions, the CLPO provides oversight, advice, guidance, education, and training. CLPO engages in public outreach and communication initiatives that foster awareness of how the IC accomplishes its intelligence mission while protecting Constitutional values.
The CLPO also reviews, assesses, and, where appropriate, investigates complaints and other information indicating possible abuses of civil liberties and privacy in the administration of ODNI programs and operations.
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
Section 803 - Privacy and Civil Liberties Officers, Periodic Reports:
Section 804 - Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting:
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