Obama Calls for Changes to NSA Phone Data Practices
President Barack Obama today announced that the National Security Administration will make changes in its data-gathering processes moving forward. Specifically, the NSA will no longer be able to store the metadata associated with all phone calls. Instead, Obama called for the formation of a third-party organization to store and monitor such data. Further, the NSA will need a warrant, or prove there is an imminent emergency, to access the data. Last, phone companies will have more latitude to disclose when the government has requested that they provide data about U.S. citizens. "The reforms I'm proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe," said Obama.
Republicans to Let NSA Keep Spying On Your Calls
Republicans recently introduced a bill in the Senate that will extend the NSA's ability to collect and store phone call data through December 2020. As it stands today, the law (part of the Patriot Act) is slated to expire June 1.
NSA Ceases Collecting Phone Data in Bulk
The National Security Agency is no longer sucking in all the data generated by Americans' phone calls. The NSA was required to shut down its surveillance program by the end of the day Nov.
NSA's Phone-Data Gathering Called Illegal
A federal appeals court has ruled the NSA's covert phone-spying program is against the law. The program has been in place — unbeknowst to the public — since shortly after September 2001, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Senate Passes USA Freedom Act
The Senate today passed the USA Freedom Act, which moves to curtail how the NSA collects and stores American call records. The Patriot Act expired on Sunday and with it the NSA's authority to collect call records en masse.
Another czar, LOL
So, who will the new data czar be? And what will make him more trustworthy than the NSA? The issue isn't that the NSA is collecting our data. This issue is that the GOVERNMENT is collecting our data. Obama must think we're all pretty stupid to fall for that one. But he's probably right. Over the past couple decades the American public has been pretty stupid.
No. He really didn't.
The only change he called for was a change in propaganda tactics so we the people will gladly accept his crimes.
Here's the TL;DR version
Most transparent administration my ass.
"So we shall celebrate the creation of a new agency (name undisclosed) that will take over those duties, and we shall ensure that the NSA stop their s...