NSA Violates Privacy Rules Thousands of Times per Year
The whole thing seems to be a violation.
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According to an internal audit, the National Security Agency has violated privacy rules and overstepped its authority thousands of time each year. The Washington Post obtained the internal audit documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
“Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.”
The documents also indicated that employees are instructed to tone down or “remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”
In another instance “the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans” at all. Another disturbing example showed that the FISA court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) learned of a new collection method that had already been in use for months. The method was later determined to be unconstitutional.