Obama to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

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By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama holds his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as part of his response to revelations about secret government surveillance programs.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a little-known federal oversight organization. Obama says the board will play a key role in addressing the public's concerns about the government's sweeping collection of phone and Internet records.

Obama is also considering declassifying more details about the data-mining. He has tasked the director of national intelligence with reviewing a secret federal intelligence court's opinions and filings relevant to the programs to determine whether additional information can be made public.

The government already has lifted some of secrecy surrounding the programs following disclosures about their existence by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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