NSA to Create a New Position -- Privacy Officer

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Privacy4Patriots applauds the NSA for planning to hire a civil liberties and privacy officer, but calls on the agency to keep this person’s hands untied.

According to a Sept. 27, 2013 report from CBS News, the National Security Agency (NSA) has announced that it is planning to fill a brand new position: a civil liberties and privacy officer who will “serve as the primary advisor to the Director of NSA for ensuring that privacy is protected and civil liberties are maintained by all of NSA’s missions, programs, policies and technologies,” according to the job description.

The NSA promises that the new position will be filled by someone who ensures that “adequate procedures are in place to receive, investigate, respond to, and redress complaints from individuals who raise (civil liberties/privacy) concerns,” and who will be “well known and highly regarded by U.S. privacy and civil liberties protection professionals.”

Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect one’s privacy, commends the NSA for creating this position in response to the outcry over violations of civil liberties and privacy that followed recent revelations of the agency’s surveillance programs.

But Privacy4Patriots also calls on the NSA to ensure that the new officer will possess free reign to investigate charges of privacy violations. The company hopes that the officer will not be a powerless figurehead, placed in this position merely to appease those who have complained about the agency’s past behavior.

Among those who have voiced displeasure with the NSA is Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who according to a June 9, 2013, Fox News report is mounting a Supreme Court challenge to the federal government’s surveillance of American citizens. Paul argues that the Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable search and seizure, and he is interested in getting 10 million Americans to speak up about not wanting their phone records being looked at.

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