Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Contact Centers Business Intelligence More Topics...
Customer Service
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
White House Suggests End to NSA Bulk Data Collection
White House Suggests End to NSA Bulk Data Collection

By Barry Levine
March 25, 2014 1:38PM

Bookmark and Share
A legislative proposal detailing President Obama's plan is expected to be made public this week. In January, the President proposed to reform how the NSA conducted its surveillance business, after revelations of bulk collection of American phone and Internet records were made public in leaks by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
 



President Obama said Tuesday he will propose a plan that would require the National Security Agency to stop collecting phone data in bulk, and to obtain court permission before seeking any specific information. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would grant the permission.

The plan also would require phone companies to provide the NSA with information about new phone calls involving numbers the agency has targeted. However, the companies would not be required to maintain phone call data any longer than normal. Currently, the NSA holds phone-related data for five years, but the phone companies would only be required to hold it, under current regulations, for 18 months.

Phone companies would be required to quickly provide the record data when requested, in a compatible format.

Legislation by Friday

Obama told a news conference in The Netherlands, where he is attending the Nuclear Security Summit, that the plan would provide enough information to protect against terrorist attacks while also protecting privacy. The wholesale collection of phone and Internet data by the NSA has come under attack from a wide spectrum of political voices.

The plan, he said, "allows us to do what is necessary in order to deal with the dangers of a terrorist attack, but does so in a way that addresses some of the concerns that people have raised."

A legislative proposal detailing the plan is expected to be made public soon. In January, the president proposed to reform how the NSA conducts its surveillance business, after revelations of bulk collection of American phone and Internet records were made public in documents that ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden had stolen and leaked to news media.

The goal from the Administration is to write a proposed bill by Friday. Obama said the plan presented by officials at the Justice Department and from the intelligence community appears to meet the necessary needs of security and privacy.

Congressional Plan

Another plan in the House from the top Republican and Democratic representatives -- Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberg (D - Md.) -- on the House Intelligence Committee was also introduced Tuesday. It would similarly end bulk collection of data by the NSA, with collection also being done as normal by the phone companies.

But it would not require the Surveillance Court's approval before specific records could be sought. Instead, judicial consent could be granted after data was obtained.

Some privacy advocates have given partial thumbs up to each proposal. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy and Technology, for instance, praised both plans' proposed ending of bulk data collection. But it criticized the House plan for not requiring the NSA to first get court approval before obtaining records, and pointed out that the president's plan appears to involve only phone records. The NSA has also been collecting bulk Internet data, for instance.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:





 Customer Service
1.   Watson's First Consumer-Facing Gig
2.   Social Media Haters Speak Up
3.   Comcast Customer Service Fiasco
4.   'May I Help You?' Asks Jibo the Robot
5.   Why You Need To Hire a CCO


advertisement
Social Media Haters Speak Up
Survey says, now showing a little love.
Average Rating:
Comcast Customer Service Fiasco
Lessons to be learned for all companies.
Average Rating:
T-Mobile Accused of Bogus Fees
FTC has filed a lawsuit for overcharges.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion
While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.
 
Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming
An update to Windows Phone 8.1 is on the way just weeks after the release of the product itself. Microsoft has begun detailing some of the update features to phone manufacturers.
 
Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough
Stanford researchers have found a way to use lithium in a battery's anode, a breakthrough that could triple capacity and has been described as the "holy grail of battery science."
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Contact Centers | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.