Obama locations modest limits on NSA knowledge assortment for non-residents

Obama places modest limits on NSA data collection for non-citizens

A invoice that might’ve successfully ended the US authorities’s present mass telephone surveillance program was killed by the Senate again in November. However at the moment, President Obama introduced his personal limits on the NSA’s monitoring of foreigners. The company will solely be capable of hold information it collects by means of digital surveillance of non-residents that does not pertain to nationwide safety for 5 years. In fact, the director of nationwide safety can grant an extension if circumstances warrant one. What’s extra, gag orders on the FBI’s nationwide safety letters in search of info from corporations will now expire after three years, however once more, extensions are an choice ought to the necessity come up.

The announcement does not handle probably the most loathed a part of the NSA’s work, so the difficulty of telephone knowledge assortment from US residents stays unsolved. In line with a current report by Privateness and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the President can cease this system at any time — even with out the approval of Congress. These new restraints are modest, however they seem to be a step towards reining within the authorities’s far-reaching assortment practices uncovered by the leaks from former contractor Eric Snowden.

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