The CIA and Your Rights

September 22, 2022  |  12:15PM - 1:30PM
SRH 3.122 - LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and Intelligence Studies Project hosted Kristi Scott, the Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Jackie Acker, CIA’s Deputy Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, for a public talk on “The CIA and Your Rights.”

They discussed how the CIA protects the rights and privacy of Americans as it recruits spies, collects intelligence, conducts covert action, and analyzes information to inform policymakers.  The event also covered how the CIA and other intelligence agencies account for civil liberties when they deploy emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center, moderated this discussion.


Kristi Scott is the Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. In this role, Ms. Scott serves as an independent, primary advisor to the CIA Director and other senior Agency officials to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are integrated into the day-to-day conduct of the Agency’s mission and prepares reports for oversight and the American public. Ms. Scott also served as the Acting Director and Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties. During her long service at DOJ, Ms. Scott also was an Assistant United States Attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal crimes in the District of Arizona and the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Scott graduated from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Rhetorical Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has multiple certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Acker serves in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties as the Deputy Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer.  She advises clients across CIA on a variety of privacy and civil liberties issues as well as ethical artificial intelligence development. Ms. Acker is a Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals and an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Acker graduated from the University of Tulsa in with a Juris Doctorate with a Health Law Certificate after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Theater with a focus in scenic design.