Friday, April 28, 2017

NSA Will No Longer Collect American Emails And Texts Exchanged With Foreign Targets

New York Times: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency said Friday that it had halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless surveillance program, ending a once-secret form of wiretapping that dates to the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 expansion of national security powers.

The agency is no longer collecting Americans’ emails and texts exchanged with people overseas that simply mention identifying terms — like email addresses — for foreigners whom the agency is spying on, but are neither to nor from those targets.

The decision is a major development in American surveillance policy. Privacy advocates have argued that the practice skirted or overstepped the Fourth Amendment.

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More News On The NSA No Longer Collecting American Emails And Texts Exchanged With Foreign Targets

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NSA says it will stop collection of certain emails -- CBS/AP
NSA concedes violating surveillance limits and pledges curbs on US email collection -- The Guardian
NSA halts collection of American emails, texts about foreign targets -- The Hill
The NSA will stop reading American emails that mention intelligence targets -- The Verge
NSA Backs Down on Major Surveillance Program That Captured Americans' Communications Without a Warrant -- The Intercept
Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique -- Tech Dirt

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