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CIA updates data collection rules

The Central Intelligence Agency has released revised rules for collecting, analysing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time, reports Reuters. “The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government's surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.” The CIA is largely barred from collecting information inside the US or on US citizens. But a 1980s presidential order provided for discrete exceptions governed by procedures approved by the CIA director and the attorney general but the original rules over time became a "patchwork of policies and procedures" that failed to keep pace with the development of technology that can store massive amounts of digital data. “In 2014, legislation gave US intelligence agencies two years to develop procedures limiting the storage of information on US citizens. While the 1982 guidelines were made public two years ago, sections were blacked out. The updated procedures were posted in full for the first time on the CIA's website.” The new president may change the guidelines. Read more

  • Monday, 23 January 2017

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