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tv   Privacy Civil Liberties Oversight Board on the USA Freedom Act  CSPAN  June 8, 2019 5:44am-8:01am EDT

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he regained the balance looking all around the room. on what they were thinking. is the clerk in the wrong room number or was a set up. nothing in them. i stood up and i approach them. a secretary, in. the house will be in order.
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morning and thank you to everyone for coming. this is our second public event since we regained our quorum late last year. most of our work takes place outside of the public eye because it involves public information. we are committed to holding public events to the greatest extent possible. we help these well-informed the public about our work and the programs that we oversee. we also hope to learn from the panel that we have invited her today. today's event will look at
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surveillance powers that are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. one of these laws allow the government to connect what is known as call detail records. to provide such information as the time of the phone call and the numbers on either end. the last summer, they announced publicly that it had begun deleting all records acquired since 2015 under this authority. we have been reviewing the observation. our work on this is well under way. with eric for their cooperation. we look forward to providing information to congress at the end of the year. the conduct of its analysis of the authorities. we also hope to provide as much information to the public as we can assisted with the protection of classified information. the one final note before
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headed over to my colleague. today's event we are able to discuss unclassified public information. we will not speculate about the future of the program or comment on any speculation that may have a beer. our agency protects classified information. if we do not, we will not be trusted with the access that we need to do our job effectively. with that i will turn to my colleagues.>> thanks to our pitiless. especially to the staff who has made this event possible. i would like to take a minute to briefly outline the boards history and structure and function. the board was created as a recommendation of the commission. in 2007 congress passed the commission act was given the current version of the board. the board is independent body whose members serve six-year terms. coming from any political party.
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is a full-time employee. all members and the entire staff have security clearances. the boards work can be based on the intelligence understanding and operations that is complete. the board's mission is to assure the executive branch efforts to prevent terrorism are consistent with the need to protect privacy. much of the boards work relates to technology. the use of emerging technology by people organizations or by intelligence agencies. raise both opportunities and challenges. that is why the board has established a strategic goal of conducting analysis. how they affect efforts to protect against terrorism. the board has two main
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functions. advice and oversight. agencies can consult with the board at an early stage in the development. to ensure the civil liberties affected into the initial design. they are confidential. before deciding how to proceed. the board does not speak publicly about specific device project. under the oversight function, the board engages in in-depth reviews and analysis that they take to fight terrorism. the board has briefing with agency representatives. reviews documents and produces reports and recommendations. some of the reports remain classified. summer public. we strive for transparency.
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in all cases, they strive to make recommendations that are pragmatic. to increase the effectiveness of programs and protecting security and civil liberty. in conclusion, i will note the board's previous work on section 215 was conducted under the boards oversight authority. in our current work, it is a continuing exercise of the boards oversight authority. with that i will pass it to my fellow board member.>> adolescent -- i would like to also thank our panelists for coming today. i will use my time briefly about the boards past work. under section 215. clarifies many of the boards recommendations. i know for some this will be old news. just bear with me.
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the boards engagement with the program began shortly. some of the articles describe a part of the collective millions of telephone records including records of purely domestic calls. disclosures as we all know caused a great deal of concerns among policymakers. about one week after the initial articles were published, a group of senators approved the board. he asked to investigate the program. so that the public and congress can have a long overdue debate about the privacy issues that were raised. they issued a report in january 2014. they contain extensive detailed description of the program. many contain the report had been declassified. offer the public greater insight.
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the government have been collecting detailed records. the recommendations included those directly impacting the operations. promoting transparency. for instance, the board recommended that the court hear additional voices. over one year after the board issued its report, the freedom act became laws. among its more significant measures which require the government to have a specific selection time. to require that a judge. some
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contain a subset. section 215. after the passage of the usa freedom act. we very much appreciate you taking the time. we look forward to your comments. >> she is the founder and owner of the strategies. she previously spent 15 years on capitol hill including 10 of those years as a senior staff member of the house judiciary committee for various. usa freedom act of 2015. she is the bridge professor of cyber security and policy. with a dual appointment in the university department of
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computer science. cyber security in a secure age. is also received numerous honors and fellowships. finally, jamila jaffer. the founder and executive director of the national security institute at george mason university. is also an assistant professor of law. is also vice president of strategy and partnerships. he has prior experience as a senior staff member. the house permanent select committee on intelligence and in the national security division. will go first two opening remarks.>> it is a pleasure to be her today. i appreciate the invitation to
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speak with you. about the call detail record authority created under the act. i just want to begin by noting the usa freedom act is not a piece of legislation that was undertaken lately. it is probably one of the better examples of legislative involving a two-year process that was bipartisan and involved in plans from a variety of outside sources and multiple federal agencies. despite the news reports about how the authorities have been implemented, i just want to stress that it truly was a concerted effort by congress to get it correct. about i would begin with providing a little bit of background about section 501. more commonly known as section 215. created in 1998 by congress. that originally had relatively narrow scope that was expanded twice during the patriot act
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reauthorization. ultimately providing a standard that i think is important to the conversation today about the metadata program and how congress constructed the call detail record. the standard is a statement of facts that there is reasonable ground to believe that the business records are things that are being sought are relevant to a investigation. with the standard the government relied upon its only thought to transition the metadata program from the president surveillance program under section 501 or section 215. without authority approved by the court, the government was able to collect large volumes of metadata on the premise that
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once analyzed and queried, they would find relevant records and saw that troll. that program continued for several years. with large volumes of metadata including information about americans being collected and stored and analyzed when the government would have a identifier or specific selection term related to the potential terror suspect. i think it is also important to note, section 215 also serves as the authority for the fbi together third-party business records in both counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigation. what they call traditional 215 authority. that was a driving consideration in how congress crafted the
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call detail record program.
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>> presents a challenge for congress. axa public use of the act is largely classified.
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