Wednesday, January 29, 2014

US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) Condemns NSA Mass Surveillance

Now we know why the president gave his speech on NSA surveillance last week; he wanted to get ahead of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Last week, it issued a report saying that NSA mass surveillance of Americans is illegal and should end. Both EPIC and EFF have written about this.
What frustrates me about all of this -- this report, the president's speech, and so many other things -- is that they focus on the bulk collection of cell phone call records. There's so much more bulk collection going on -- phone calls, e-mails, address books, buddy lists, text messages, cell phone location data, financial documents, calendars, etc. -- and we really need legislation and court opinions on it all. But because cell phone call records were the first disclosure, they're what gets the attention.

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