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NSA Phone Data Practices Must Change, Panel Says

Presidential review board report delivers 46 recommendations on surveillance practices, including legislation to end bulk data collection of US citizen phone records.

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12/19/2013 | 6:03:45 PM
@ThomasClaburn, Glad to see Google standing up for transparency when it comes to government requests for data (and censorship.)  Reader, check out Tom's latest report on Google's fight for transparency at
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12/19/2013 | 5:23:10 PM
Re: Non-American' affected
One thing that may be hard for non US citizens to appreciate is how much the terrorist attacks of 9/11 altered the mindset of government to dig deeper, and get more serious about preventing similar attacks in the future.  Has the pendulum swung too far.  While more and more Americans and American business are now saying probably yes, those whose family members were killed in 9/11 might still argue if it saves others' lives, the price is worth it.

What the Snowden revelations have done is put the debate back on the table for all citizens to question. This report at very least lays out the issues clearly.  The question is are citizens incensed enough to demand the changes enough to get Congress to act?  Or will they continue to pay privacy lip service while clinging to the  conveniences the digital age has seduced them with?

Thomas Claburn
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12/19/2013 | 4:03:38 PM
Re: Non-American' affected
If only it were as easy as not buying American...every government in the world with any resources and an active intelligence service is trying to do the same thing, with varying degrees of success. And just avoiding Microsoft and other US products won't keep the NSA from pulling your calls and emails off fiber optic cables or wireless towers somewhere in the world.
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12/19/2013 | 3:15:11 PM
Non-American' affected
I'm not an american citizen. I'm Canadian.

Since your president has given the A-OK for NSA to continue it's activities unbridled against non-americans ...


... my next computer will not likely have microsoft anything on it

... my next phone will definately not be "made in america"

... Just as soon as some non-american comes up with a reasonable gmail replacement , my gmail account will be shut down.


On the plus side I consider anything on my face book account to already be a public broadcast to the whole world , so nothing much will change there.


You have short yourself in the foot , America. Any corperation that is intersted in securing their data or communications suddenly want nothing to do with you , or any american company , since they're all required by your law to act as agents of the NSA , and deny it , or their executives all get thrown in jail.


It still amuses me you blame Snowden for reveiling you activities to the world, instead of your government for actually doing these activites.


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