Privacy Advocates Call on Gov’t to Rein in NSA

[IDG] A U.S. government board focused on privacy and civil rights should push Congress to rein in the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone records and Internet communications, privacy advocates said Tuesday.The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, established by Congress in 2004 to be a watchdog of government antiterrorism efforts, should also demand that the NSA and other government agencies be more transparent about the data they collect, said privacy advocates speaking at a board meeting in Washington, D.C. see:Controls Over NSA Spying Considered by U.S. Privacy Board
A citizen’s privacy board will consider whether opponents of U.S. spying programs should be represented before a secret court overseeing government surveillance — as recommended by a former judge on that court.Altering how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court operates is one of several suggestions that deserve “serious” consideration, David Medine, chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, said in an interview.

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