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Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency

About the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency

CLPO's Statutory Duties

Civil Liberties and Privacy Intelligence Community Enterprise Strategy 2012-2017

Provides the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency’s (CLPT) strategic roadmap for enhancing the IC’s framework for protecting civil liberties and privacy, highlighting four high-level goals relating to civil liberties and privacy to obtain the trust of the American people. The goals focus on protecting civil liberties and privacy through policy implementation, ensuring compliance with the Constitution and laws, handling complaints of possible abuses of civil liberties, and providing transparency.

Intelligence Community Directive 107: Civil Liberties and Privacy

This Directive established Intelligence Community (IC) policy for the protection of civil liberties and privacy relating to activities conducted by IC elements and discusses the responsibilities of the Civil Liberties Protection Officer in supporting this Directive.

The Civil Liberties Protection Officer

Alexander W. Joel is the Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In that capacity, he leads the ODNI's Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency, and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence.

CLPT Articles and Speeches

The Truth About Executive Order 12333 - August 18, 2014

The Job of Protecting Security and Privacy
- August 13, 2013
Civil Liberties Protection Officer Alex Joel discusses his role as the IC's Civil Liberties Protection Officer.

Choosing Both: Making Technology Choices at the Intersections of Privacy and Security – June 2010
An article by Alex Joel in the Texas Law Review, discussing the conundrum faced by intelligence officers and policy makers standing at the intersection of security and privacy: how to make prudent technology choices? Moving in one direction seems imperative for accomplishing important national security missions, yet raises red flags about potential impacts on privacy and civil liberties. Moving in another direction seems necessary to protect civil liberties, yet raises alarms about potentially dangerous security gaps. Through it all, intelligence agencies must remember that the question they face is not whether to provide such protections—agencies are obligated, by law and duty, to provide them. Rather, the question is how to protect civil liberties and privacy while accomplishing the intelligence mission.

Open Source Intelligence Roundtable - June 17, 2010
Assistant Deputy Director for Open Source, Dan Butler, and Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Alex Joel, Deliver Remarks at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.

A Matter of Balance - Spring 2007
An essay by Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Alex Joel based on remarks he delivered at the University of Michigan Law School in February 2007, during which he was a member of the panel discussing “Intelligence Gathering and Human Rights.”  In his essay, Mr. Joel discussed the case of Klass and Others v. Germany, before the European Court of Human Rights, decided in 1978, that examined whether Germany’s secret surveillance program was consistent with Article 8 of the European Code of Human Rights (i.e. the privacy right).

Civil Liberties Protection Officer Remarks on Information Sharing - September 11, 2006
A speech given by Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Alex Joel in Detroit, Michigan.

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