NSA Curtails Collection Under FISA Provision

Ever wonder whether the National Security Agency picked up your text message or email because you mentioned ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to a friend? Claims of privacy infringement on Americans by the National Security Agency have been in headlines for years. Much of the criticism has related to NSA authorities under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), first established by the FISA Amendment Act of 2008.

However, the NSA recently announced changes to some of its collection practices under 702 that privacy advocates could agree with. The decision comes just as Washington is gearing up to discuss the reauthorization of 702 authorities with an impending deadline approaching at the end of the year.

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