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NSA To Create Full-Time Privacy Officer; Obama Proposes Changes

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 12, 2013

In his first news conference since April, President Barack Obama defended the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, called for more transparency along with a task force charged with reporting on the programs and proposed four changes to the existing programs. Obama said the NSA will create a full-time privacy and civil liberties officer, The New York Times reports. The White House released a 22-page whitepaper defending the domestic collection of phone metadata, and the NSA also released a seven-page document detailing its role and authority. This roundup for The Privacy Advisor presents some of the proposals, including how the task force could be an “odd fit” for the tech industry.
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