Chief, Civil Liberties Protection Officer

Chief, Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (Acting)

Lauren Bernick

Lauren Bernick

Lauren Bernick is the Principle Deputy Chief of the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency (CLPT) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. As part of CLPT, Ms. Bernick ensures that civil liberties and privacy protections are appropriately incorporated into policies and guidelines such as those that implement the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Presidential Policy Directive 28, and Executive Order 12333. Her work includes oversight of FISA Section 702, engagement with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), and matters relating to the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. Ms. Bernick leads efforts to enhance transparency of the IC's FISA activities through authorized releases and though engagement with civil society advocates and other non-governmental representatives.


Ms. Bernick previously served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Intelligence at the National Security Division in the Department of Justice. Prior to joining the National Security Division, Ms. Bernick served as a litigation attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She also worked for the U.S. Mission to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.


Ms. Bernick earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, her Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (with certificates in International Security Studies and Asian Studies), and her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice law in New York and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).


A native of the Pittsburgh area, Ms. Bernick resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, children, and two dogs.