NSA Claims a New Phone Spying Program Meets Privacy Safeguards

NSA_spyingI have my doubts about this but a new announcement from the NSA claims that their latest spying program allows the agency to spy on telephone records without infringing on the rights of the telephone users. The program, which some Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized because they say it puts Americans at greater risk of attack by Islamic State and other violent groups, has satisfactorily complied with eight privacy safeguards that include transparency, oversight, data minimization and use limitation since its implementation in November, according to a report released by the NSA’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office.

A presidential review committee found that the previous bulk data collection, exposed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was an ineffective tool in fighting terrorism. The data collection was also criticized by privacy advocates and tech companies wary of broad government surveillance. The new report claims that such problems have been solved.

You can read more in Reuters at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cybersecurity-nsa-idUSKCN0UT2EZ.

One thought on “NSA Claims a New Phone Spying Program Meets Privacy Safeguards

  1. … their latest spying program allows the agency to spy on telephone records without infringing on the rights of the telephone users.

    Wait a mo, how can any spying on anyone not infringe the rights of those being spied on?

    Sometimes it is necessary “for the greater good” that people’s rights are infringed, but that is why we need appropriate approval, oversight, and review of “spying” in all its forms.

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