Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

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Meet the Director

Meet the Chief

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Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

Erika Brown Lee is the Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer of the United States Department of Justice.

Mission

The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL) supports the duties and responsibilities of the Department’s Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO). The principal mission of OPCL is to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people through review, oversight, and coordination of the Department’s privacy operations. OPCL provides legal advice and guidance to Departmental components; ensures the Department’s privacy compliance, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the privacy provisions of both the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Federal Information Security Management Act, as well as administration policy directives issued in furtherance of those Acts; develops and provides Departmental privacy training; assists the CPCLO in developing Departmental privacy policy; prepares privacy-related reporting to the President and Congress; and reviews the information handling practices of the Department to ensure that such practices are consistent with the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

General Information Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
Leadership 

Erika Brown Lee
Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

Joo Y. Chung
Director

Contact 

Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
privacy@usdoj.gov

Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974, 2012 Edition