NSA should remove irrelevant data non-Americans after five years




NSA and other secret services, data from non-Americans that they occasionally collect and serve no purpose, remove within five years. That the US government has decided. Americans remain better protected than foreigners.

NSA President Obama will announce the rules later on Tuesday, writes The New York Times. Although Obama last year said that for non-Americans would apply the same privacy rules as Americans, there is a difference: data that suck the intelligence and not used for information must be removed immediately when it comes to Americans, while information about foreigners need only gone after five years.

Non-Americans can, thanks to the new rules go to a US court as they accuse the FBI or other police of having abused their data. That is only if that data is handed over to US authorities by a foreign government. Moreover, secret services as the NSA excluded from this option.

Finally, the US government will put the national security letters somewhat curtailed. Hs are letters that the FBI can send to companies with a request for information from users who would follow a threat to national security. The companies must, without a judge is involved, handing over user data and may also not recognize the existence of the letter. Obama, according to the New York Times plans to give the letters after three years no longer stamped “secret” unless the FBI can prove that it is necessary to keep the letter secret.


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