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Now that many Americans are sufficiently freaked out about the NSA's domestic surveillance, a few new recommendations might help average citizens keep their cool.
A White House advisory committee, perhaps catching a whiff of terror sweat from the American people, is officially recommending 46 changes to the National Security Agency's surveillance tactics.
Here are 10 of the most important recommendations:
The NSA advisory board -- offically called the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies -- recommends that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which has been used to authorize surveillance on domestic soil, be changed to limit spying orders to instances when they are:
The NSA has been collecting metadata from our phones and tech companies en masse, and one federal judge has ruled that it may be unconstitutional. That's probably why the advisory board recommends against it.
Don't know what metadata is? Neither does Washington, which is why they need this study.
The Review Group also recommends that the government publicly produce general data on the number of data requests and surveillance orders they make.
The magnitude of data collection is only recommended to be kept secret if:
The intelligence agencies are recommended to adhere to a new process created by the president which would limit intelligence collection -- including spying on foreign leaders.
The Committee recommends looking into creating software to allow the NSA to "more easily conduct targeted information acquisition" instead of just trolling the bulk of all Americans' data.
The United States should partner together with "closely allied nations" to discuss intelligence gathering guidelines and when not to spy on each other's citizens, the board advises.
The board recommends that, like federal judges, the NSA director should be confirmed by the Senate.
Coined as the Civil Liberties and Privacy Protection Board, this proposed agency would be created to provide oversight and legal compliance for the nation's intelligence agencies.
These are only recommendations, and it is uncertain if or when they will be acted upon.
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