• NSA Dumps Surveillance Data Due to Unauthorized Collection

    Late last week the National Security Agency issued a press release informing the public that call data records (CDRs) from hundreds of millions of phone calls and text messages were in the process of being deleted. Why? From the release:

    NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers. These irregularities also resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive. Because it was infeasible to identify and isolate properly produced data, NSA concluded that it should not use any of the CDRs. Consequently, NSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, decided that the appropriate course of action was to delete all CDRs.

    This particular data set of CDRs—which includes information about who called or texted who and when, but not the actual call or text itself—goes all the way back to 2015, and was collected under the authority of the USA Freedom Act. The Freedom Act differs from the older and more controversial Patriot Act in that it's the telecom providers who bear the responsibility of collecting metadata; the NSA can only request specific records, and only with a court order.

    And yet, according to the New York Times, the agency still managed to collect over half a million call data records in 2017 alone.

    Source: NSA.gov via New York Times

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