Sens. Say NSA Inaccurate on Protections
SURVEILLANCE—U.S.June 25, 2013
Two senators on the intelligence committee have accused the National Security Agency (NSA) of publicly presenting inaccurate statements about the privacy protections on its surveillance of millions of Internet communications, The Guardian reports. However, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) say they cannot identify the inaccuracies within a factsheet without exposing classified information. In a letter written to NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, the senators wrote they were “disappointed to see that this factsheet contains an inaccurate statement about how the section 702 authority has been interpreted by the U.S. government…this inaccuracy is significant, as it portrays protections for Americans’ privacy as being significantly stronger than they actually are.” Editor's note: Last Thursday, Future of Privacy Founder/Co-Chair and Hogan Lovells Privacy Practice Leader Christopher Wolf led an engaging discussion with a roundtable of privacy experts on the implications of the NSA leaks for privacy professionals. You can access the free recording, worth 1 IAPP CPE credit, here.