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NSA’s phone data collection program is illegal, says government watchdog

23
Jan
2014

The National Security Agencys collection of bulk phone records is illegal and should be stopped, according to a report by an independent federal privacy watchdog. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board — made independent by Congress in 2007 — said the NSAs phone record collection program provided minimal benefits in counter-terrorism operations. The boards findings run counter to President Obamas, who said last week although the program would end as it currently exists, its capabilities should be maintained. The board couldnt find a time when phone records made a difference to a counter-terrorism investigation

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