New rules open agencies’ access to communications
WASHINGTON >> More U.S. intelligence agencies are getting access to raw signals intelligence the National Security Agency collects abroad, raising alarm among privacy advocates who worry about the information being more broadly used and shared across U.S. government agencies.
Intelligence officials and the Justice Department recently finalized the new regulations for sharing phone calls, emails and other online contact swept up abroad by the NSA. The rules were posted online Thursday.
While the NSA might not intentionally target certain U.S. citizens, its bulk collection of foreign contacts does sweep up Americans’ communications as they bounce across networks overseas, said Elizabeth Goitein at the Brennan Center for Justice.