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Leaked NSA Audit Reveals Thousands of Privacy Violations

PRIVACY COMPLIANCE—U.S.

August 16, 2013

The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year, beginning in 2008. Most violations concerned unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens or foreign intelligence targets in the U.S. This roundup for The Privacy Advisor brings together thoughts from former DHS CPO Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, the leaked documents, government responses—including from the NSA and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)—as well as reported comments from Reggie B. Walton, chief judge of the FISA court, who said the court is limited in its government oversight. Additionally, in a letter to the EU’s justice commissioner, the Article 29 Working Party’s head explores investigating whether EU data protection law has been violated.
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