NSA announces a change in its surveillance activities, it will no longer spy on citizensâ emails, texts, and other InternetÂ communications.
It is official, the US NSA announced it will no longer spy onÂ emails, texts and other internet communications that mention targets of surveillance.The NSA issued the officialÂ statement last week, announcing a historical change of tactic about surveillance activities on specific foreign targets located outside the United States.âSince 2008, the National Security Agency (NSA) and other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community have relied on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conduct surveillance on specific foreign targets located outside the United States to acquire critical intelligence on issues ranging from international terrorism to cybersecurity.â reads the NSAâs statement.âAfter a comprehensive review of mission needs, current technological constraints, United States person privacy interests, and certain difficulties in implementation, NSA has decided to stop some of its activities conducted under Section 702.â
In the past NSAÂ cyber spies were flagging any communication where a foreign surveillance target was mentioned, even when the target wasnât involved in the conversation.
The NSA reform will involveÂ upstream surveillance collection and not other surveillance activities such as theÂ PRISM program.
âAfter considerable evaluation of the program and available technology, NSA has decided that its Section 702 foreign intelligence surveillance activities will no longer include any upstream internet communications that are solely âaboutâ a foreign intelligence target.â continue the statement.âInstead, this surveillance will now be limited to only those communications that are directly âtoâ or âfromâ a foreign intelligence target. These changes are designed to retain the upstream collection that provides the greatest value to national security while reducing the likelihood that NSA will acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with one of the Agencyâs foreign intelligence targets.â
The NSA willÂ delete most of the data collected during its surveillance activity.Officially the NSA decided to stop conducting surveillance activities because of technological difficulties and to respect the privacy of the US citizens.In many cases, the US intelligence has inadvertently collectedÂ citizensâ communications while conducting its surveillance activities.Of course, the NSA statement represents an important success forÂ Privacy advocates.https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/858021773425729543Edward Snowden defined this reforms the most substantive of the post-2013 NSA reforms.