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Obama Administration Earns Mixed Grades From Civil Liberties Group

Publication Date: 
September 10, 2009
Daily Journal
Robert Iafolla

Professor Chip Pitts, lecturer for the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, is quoted in this article on the Obama administration's privacy policies, including medical privacy, civil liberties, consumer privacy and cyber-security:

The Obama administration earned mixed grades on four key privacy areas in a report released by a leading privacy advocacy group Wednesday.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center gave the administration high grades for medical privacy, thanks to legal safeguards on a nationwide electronic health care database included in the stimulus package. But it gave the administration lower marks on civil liberties, for failing to revise - or in some cases embracing - initiatives inherited from the Bush administration.


"I think it's surprising to civil libertarians that Obama - with his specific expertise in constitutional law - hasn't done more in this area, especially given [his] campaign promises," said Chip Pitts, president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.