Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL) is an agency of the U.S. Department f Justice that support the duties and responsibilities of the Department’s Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO). The OPCL consolidated the Department’s existing privacy operations into one office to centralize and coordinate its privacy and civil liberties activities that concern the handling of personal information.

The OPCL functions include;

a. to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people through review, oversight, and coordination of the Department’s privacy operations;

b. to provide legal advice and guidance to Departmental components;

c. to ensures the Department’s privacy compliance;

d. to guarantee compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the privacy provisions of both the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Federal Information Security Management Act, as well as administration policy directives issued in furtherance of those Acts;

e. to develop and provide Departmental privacy training;

f. to assist the CPCLO in developing Departmental privacy policy;

g. to prepare privacy-related reporting to the President and Congress; and

g. to review the information handling practices of the Department to ensure that such practices are consistent with the protection of privacy and civil liberties.