White House nominates Jim Dempsey to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Earlier today, the White House announced the nomination of Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), to serve as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  Dempsey is a member of the BORDC advisory board, and has previously served as deputy director of the Center for National Security Studies, as well as special counsel to the National Security Archive, assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, and a law clerk for Judge Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Dempsey's nomination comes at a key time for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which has endured criticism from many sources—including its own members—for its limited effectiveness in addressing the abuses of other government agencies.  While the institution continues to face structural and capacity challenges, the addition of Dempsey will only help.

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