According to news reports today, March 25, the White House is preparing an overhaul of the National Security Agency's (NSA) data collection.
CBS news said, it confirmed that the White House wants "NSA to stop collecting and holding millions of Americans phone records, and instead the data would stay in the hands of phone companies up to 18 months." Adding, NSA would require a "judge's permission to obtain information, and will need to be approved by Congress."
However, until any up-dates are solidified Obama has apparently extended the collection program for 3 more months.
While it has been reported their program uses multiple platforms to create personal profiles, the overhaul does not cover their entire data collection program. This has been confirmed by the blog 'Techspot', which stated NSA will still have permission and "power to collect web data in bulk." While sponsors of the bill also confirmed this, and also believe this as a way to satisfy citizen's worries about the abuse with such collections, while still allowing the NSA data collection program.
In an article written by Ellen Nakashima, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told her, this new bill will, "... heed the legitimate concerns of many that the collection of bulk telephone metadata has a potential for abuse.”
Others question the proposal, and wonder if the overhaul for just phone data collection goes far enough.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) believes Rogers-Ruupersberger bill will continue "bulk collection," and doesn't go far enough since NSA uses other areas to collect bulk information.
Is this a good start, or do you think the bill should include all of NSA data collection?
Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, and known whistleblower on NSA's surveillance program said, this is defiantly a step in the right direction, according to a press release today March 25, published on the American Civil Liberties Union.
I believed that if the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans was known, it would not survive the scrutiny of the courts, the Congress, and the people.
"The very first open and adversarial court to ever judge these programs has now declared them 'Orwellian' and 'likely unconstitutional.' In the USA FREEDOM Act, Congress is considering historic, albeit incomplete reforms. And President Obama has now confirmed that these mass surveillance programs, kept secret from the public and defended out of reflex rather than reason, are in fact unnecessary and should be ended.
"This is a turning point, and it marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our rights from the NSA and restore the public's seat at the table of government."