Intelligence chief John Brennan has been criticized by members of Congress, former CIA directors and privacy advocates for the way he handles sensitive information about U.S. intelligence.
Brennan was sworn in Thursday as the new director of the CIA and was given a three-year term.
But the former CIA director’s reputation as a privacy crusader has taken a hit in recent months as he has taken on topics such as how to improve the CIA’s privacy protections, the use of encryption and how the agency collects metadata.
Brennan is also under pressure from lawmakers, former directors of the Central Intelligence, and privacy groups to explain why the agency is not using more encryption and whether the CIA is using more than it needs.
Brennan also faces pressure from the public over his decision to remove the name of the U.K. spy agency from the agency’s website.
Brennan has previously said the CIA would be able to maintain its identity if it decided to change the name.
Brennan’s term ends on Jan. 31.
He took over the agency in 2016 and was appointed to the post in March after serving as CIA director for six years.
He also served as a White House adviser during the presidential transition and has been under pressure to distance himself from Trump.
In June, the House Intelligence Committee voted to confirm Brennan as CIA chief.
But Republicans and some Democrats on the panel were skeptical of his performance and said he did not adequately disclose the identities of some CIA employees.
He said the agency has a “culture of secrecy” and has not provided details about how it collects, stores and uses metadata about Americans’ communications.
Brennan did not say when he planned to give his first briefing on the CIA, but the CIA announced that it will hold the briefing in January.
Brennan said Thursday that he would brief the committee on how the CIA uses its vast network of computers, mobile devices and mobile devices, and he was also expected to provide a response to questions from the committee about whether the agency can better protect its collection of metadata, the information about who communicates with whom.
He did not directly address whether he will seek to get the name removed from the website, which contains the agency website.