EPIC Calls for Improved Oversight of "EO 12333" Surveillance Activities

EPIC has filed extensive comments with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, urging enhanced oversight of Executive Order 12333. The Presidential Order was originally adopted in 1981 to limit domestic surveillance but now provides the basis for NSA mass surveillance programs. EPIC called for: (1) new limits on data collection and disclosure; (2) audit trails for surveillance activities; and (3) published legal justifications for surveillance programs. EPIC is also pursuing open government requests concerning 12333 surveillance activities with the NSA, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence. A related EPIC FOIA case, EPIC v. NSA, led to the public release of the NSA's cyber security authority.


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