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Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

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The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL) supports the Department’s Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO).  The CPCLO is a member of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General and the principal advisor to the Attorney General, Department Leadership, and components on issues involving privacy and civil liberties policy and compliance.  Under the CPCLO’s leadership, OPCL has two general functions:

(1) it plays a central policy-making role in the Department’s development and evaluation of legislative, regulatory, and other policy proposals affecting privacy, both domestically and internationally; and

(2) it is responsible for helping to ensure the compliance of the Department’s components with existing laws, regulations and policies protecting privacy.

General Information


Peter A. Winn
Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

Kathy Harman-Stokes
Acting Director, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties


Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

Peter A. Winn, Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer
Judicial Redress Act of 2015 & U.S.-EU Data Protection and Privacy Agreement
The Judicial Redress Act of 2015, 5 U.S.C. § 552a note, extends certain rights of judicial redress established under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, to citizens of certain foreign countries or regional economic organizations.
E-Government Act of 2002

The availability of information, from personal to public, is made easier today due to technological changes in computers, digitized networks, internet access, and the creation of new information products.