NSA announces it will stop surveillance activities on emails, texts and other internet communications

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NSA announces a change in its surveillance activities, it will no longer spy on citizens’ emails, texts, and other Internet communications.

It is official, the US NSA announced it will no longer spy on emails, texts and other internet communications that mention targets of surveillance.The NSA issued the official statement last week, announcing a historical change of tactic about surveillance activities on specific foreign targets located outside the United States.“Since 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.” reads the NSA’s statement.”After 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.”

NSA surveillance activities

In the past NSA cyber spies were flagging any communication where a foreign surveillance target was mentioned, even when the target wasn’t involved in the conversation.

The NSA reform will involve upstream surveillance collection and not other surveillance activities such as the PRISM program.

“After 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 “about” a foreign intelligence target.” continue the statement.”Instead, this surveillance will now be limited to only those communications that are directly “to” or “from” 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 Agency’s foreign intelligence targets.”

The NSA will 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 collected citizens’ communications while conducting its surveillance activities.Of course, the NSA statement represents an important success for Privacy advocates.https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/858021773425729543Edward Snowden defined this reforms the most substantive of the post-2013 NSA reforms.

Source:http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/58615/intelligence/nsa-statement-surveillance-activities.html

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