James X. Dempsey Appointed Judge of the Data Protection Review Court

Please join us in congratulating James X. Dempsey, for being appointed to the Data Protection Review Court (DPRC) in the U.S. Department of Justice.
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James X. Dempsey, Senior Policy Advisor for Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, has been appointed to the Data Protection Review Court (DPRC) in the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland held a formal investiture ceremony for the Data Protection Review Court (DPRC) at the Justice Department, formally swearing in six judges of the eight-member, fully independent court, following the Constitutional oath they have already taken, and marking another milestone in the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (DPF). 

Last October, the Attorney General issued regulations creating the DPRC within the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties at the Department of Justice.  The DPRC serves as the second level of the new redress process established by the President through Executive Order 14086, which also strengthened other safeguards for U.S. signals intelligence activities.The DPRC will independently review determinations made by the Civil Liberties Protection Officer of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in response to qualifying complaints sent by individuals through appropriate public authorities that allege certain violations of U.S. law in the conduct of U.S. signals intelligence activities.

The Executive Order and the new Justice Department regulations are a critical part of the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework and the UK-U.S. Data Bridge Extension. These arrangements reflect the strength of U.S. partnerships with the European Union and the United Kingdom and the shared commitment to the rule of law and respect for the value of individual privacy.

Find the full press release at justice.gov