Friday April 28, 2017

NSA Changes Rules to Spy Less on American Citizens

Big Brother is watching a less closely, as the National Security Agency announced the stoppage of a controversial act in their warrantless wiretapping activities. Previously, an American citizen’s text and email communication mentioning foreign people of interest had been marked for collection, under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The NSA has changed their policy to only deal with direct communications from these foreign suspects:

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Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target.

Critics of Section 702’s information collection have been outspoken as to concerns of the policy restricting a citizen’s 4th Amendment (unreasonable searches and seizures) rights. In this change, the NSA is lessening the chance to collect data from persons having no discernible connections to foreign targets. The Agency furthermore announced most of this "upstream" data collected will be deleted, to quell any further privacy concerns. Changes to policies all stemmed from in-house reviews, making one believe that pressures from such controversial actions were finally too much for Big Brother to deal with.