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Senate Strongly Presses NSA; Bills Introduced; Classified Docs Released

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 1, 2013

This exclusive for The Privacy Advisor reports on a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday where senators from both sides of the aisle pressed representatives from the National Security Agency (NSA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department over surveillance programs, particularly the provision allowing for the dragnet collection of Americans’ phone metadata. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), on several occasions, expressed deep concern about the amount of Americans’ data being collected under Section 215. A number of senators said they were introducing legislation to narrow the scope of the collection of phone metadata. Obama administration representatives said they were willing to “reevaluate” the program.
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