NSA review board to meet with privacy, tech groups

The members of a surveillance review panel will meet with privacy advocates and officials from technology companies in two separate meetings on Monday, The Hill has learned.

President Obama has tasked the panel with reviewing the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs and making recommendations for changes. He has emphasized that the group of "high-level outside experts" will conduct an "independent" review.


The officials plan to meet at an unclassified conference center that is part of the White House compound but not actually in the White House. Caitlin Hayden, a White House spokeswoman, emphasized that the meeting is not a "White House meeting" or a "meeting with the White House."

The members of the review panel are: Michael Morell, a former CIA official; Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism official; Cass Sunstein, a law professor and former regulatory official; Peter Swire, a former privacy official; and Geoffrey Stone, a constitutional law professor.

The list of privacy activists and technology officials who will attend Monday's meetings has not been made public.