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Obama Panel Urging Some NSA Curbs

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

December 13, 2013

The New York Times reports on the conclusions of President Barack Obama’s surveillance review panel. According to the panel’s report, the National Security Agency (NSA) program collecting U.S. phone call data should continue but only under “broad new restraints” to increase privacy protections. The panel also allegedly concluded that the U.S. should codify and publicly announce the steps it’s taking to protect the privacy of foreign citizens whose phone and Internet data is collected by the NSA and create “an organization of legal advocates” to argue against government lawyers before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Resistance to the conclusions from the NSA and others is expected, the report states. Meanwhile, Verizon Communications has taken a stance against a shareholder resolution that would require more transparency about what user data it shares with the government. AT&T recently resisted a similar shareholder resolution as well. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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