My father, Newton Minow, just gave me an update on his
Total Terrorism Information Awareness outside advisory panel. He says that the Intelligence legislation just passed by Congress includes some of the panel's recommendations:
Some of our TAPAC [Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee] recommendations are about to become law. Specifically, our recommendations 8 and 10 are consistent with the new law.
See INTELLIGENCE REFORM AND TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT OF 2004 - go to Title I, Subtitle F- Privacy and Civil Liberties, Sec.1061 and Sec 1062, at pages 50-55. This link is to the conference report, ready for Pres. Bush's signature, via Govexec.com Dec 9, 2004.
From the TAPAC Final Report Executive Summary:
Recommendation Number 8
The Secretary should recommend that Congress and the President establish one framework of legal, technological, training, and oversight mechanisms necessary to guarantee the privacy of U.S. persons in the context of national security and law enforcement activites.
Recommendation Number 10
The Secretary should recommend that the President appoint a panel of external advisors to advise the President concerning federal government efforts to safeguard informational privacy in the context of national security and law enforcement activites.