New rules open agen­cies’ ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION -

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.

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