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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer" 177

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-think-I'll-pass dept.
cold fjord writes "The Hill reports, 'The National Security Agency has posted a job opening for a privacy and civil liberties officer. The position was first mentioned last month, when President Obama outlined his plans to bring more transparency to the NSA surveillance programs. A White House press release said the agency was "taking steps to put in place a full time Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer."' — From the NSA job posting: 'The NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) is conceived as a completely new role, combining the separate responsibilities of NSA's existing Civil Liberties and Privacy (CL/P) protection programs under a single official. The CLPO will serve as the primary advisor to the Director of NSA for ensuring that privacy is protected and civil liberties are maintained by all of NSA's missions, programs, policies and technologies. This new position is focused on the future, designed to directly enhance decision making and to ensure that CL/P protections continue to be baked into NSA's future operations, technologies, tradecraft, and policies. The NSA CLPO will consult regularly with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence CLPO, privacy and civil liberties officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, as well as other U.S. government, private sector, public advocacy groups and foreign partners. '"
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NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

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  • Re:Newspeak? (Score:5, Informative)

    by TubeSteak (669689) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:05AM (#44924059) Journal

    The fox is hiring a chicken to advise and consult on the security of the hen house.

    Specific Duties:
    a. Provide advice and guidance to the Director ...
    b. As the senior architect for CL/P, ensure that protections are addressed ...
    c. Represent the Agency on CL/P matters and serve as a liaison ...
    d. Responsible for broadly and, to the greatest extent possible, proactively explaining ...
    e. Manage CL/P policy, and advise ...
    f. Ensure adequate procedures are in place ...
    g. [rehash of point c]
    h. Provide CL/P reviews and assessments ...
    i. Provide testimony at Congressional hearings and special briefings ...
    j. Ensure that NSA leadership is informed of significant developments or changes in CL/P related ...
    k. Build partnerships with the public and private sectors ...

    Or in other words, someone with no actual authority.
    It has to be understood that this privacy officer is under the DNI.
    You know, the DNI, the individual responsible for all these privacy violations in the first place.
    There's no point in creating policy if the Director is only going to look at it as "advice and guidance"

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