David G. Savage
July 10, 2013
As Americans were learning that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting their phone records, a privacy board intended to monitor government surveillance finally came into existence last month — years after the Sept. 11 Commission recommended its creation.
The nonpartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held its first public hearing Tuesday, taking comments from former government lawyers who support expanded surveillance and from privacy advocates who oppose it.
“We are looking for solutions,” not just commentary, said board member Elisebeth Collins Cook. She said the board wanted “recommendations on how these programs may be done differently.”