Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
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.
Section 3 of the Executive Order of October 7, 2022, “Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities,” authorizes and directs the Attorney General to issue regulations to establish a Data Protection Review Court (“DPRC”) as the second level of a two-level redress mechanism.
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.