Barack Obama: NSA is not rifling through ordinary people’s emails

Barack Obama has sought to address European concerns over internet privacy in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, insisting US authorities are not “rifling through the emails” of ordinary people and he is confident the US intelligence services have “struck the appropriate balance” between security and civil rights.”I was a critic of the previous administration for those occasions in which I felt they had violated our values and I came in [to office] with a healthy scepticism about how our various programmes were structured,” Obama told the press conference in Berlin’s chancellery. But, he added, having examined how the US intelligence services were operating: “I’m confident that at this point we have struck the appropriate balance”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/19/barack-obama-nsa-people-emails

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