NSA Scraps Part of Warrantless Surveillance

Common Dreams, April 28, 2017

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been forced to scrap one of its controversial surveillance practices, the New York Times reports Friday, a development the ACLU deemed “a partial fix.”

Times reporter Charlie Savage writes that it regards “one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans’ emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance.”

As the agency itself explains in a statement released Friday, it has to do with how information is hoovered up under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is set to expire at end of this year. Privacy advocates have described Section 702 as “deeply troubling,” and it’s repeatedly been in the crosshairs of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who has said it is impossible to know how it may “intrude on the privacy and constitutional rights of Americans.”

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