The USA Freedom Act, that passed in June, demanded the NSA to stop its bulk phone records collection program on Sunday.
The Obama administration said on Friday that it would proceed with the scheduled closure.
Before celebrating, it should be noted that it appears the NSA kept its email metadata program after it “ended” in 2011.
NSA Bulk Phone Record Collection:
Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA had been collecting large amounts of metadata from calls made by AT&T and Verizon patrons. This was unknown to the public until 2013 when the Guardian revealed this information from the former security contractor.
Now the NSA will have to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to request data about a person or a group from telephone companies.
The existing call database will be kept “until civil litigation regarding the program is resolved”. The office claims that they will not use it for surveillance.
After the November 13th attacks in Paris, may senators tried to delay the end of the metadata collection program. They did not receive enough support and the plan to stop metadata will continue.
It’s your privacy:
It is sad to think that the government had been collecting telephone data on all of us for such a long time without probably cause. I suggest using other methods of communication that are more secure.
What methods do you use to communicate? Google voice? Snap chat? Facebook Messenger? Text Messaging? Are these honestly secure?