The Independent: NSA collects 151 million phone records in 2016 despite only having 42 court orders
The amount of surveillance activity appears lower than in recent years, but privacy activists are still concerned
The US National Security Agency (NSA) collected records of more than 151 million American phone calls last year, despite only receiving permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to collect records from 42 people.
The NSA revealed the breadth of its US data collection in its annual statistical transparency report. While statistics showed a reduction in activity from previous years, the numbers still sparked concern with privacy activists.
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WNU Editor: What I find disturbing about this recent report on NSA surveillance is this .... NSA granted nearly 2K 'unmasking' requests in 2016 (The Hill). The reason why this is disturbing is because it produces reports (and speculation) like this one .... President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election (Circa)
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