NSA Mass-Deletes Hundreds of Millions of Phone Recordings

NSA Mass-Deletes Hundreds of Millions of Phone Recordings

The US National Security Agency revealed last week that it has deleted hundreds of millions of call records which dated back to 2015 after seeing “technical irregularities” in some of the data it obtained from telecommunications carriers.

The agency said that it received more call detail records (CDRs) that it was supposed to under the current legal frame and therefore deleted three years worth of call metadata last May 23.

Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA Freedom Act of 2015 allows the NSA to collect call metadata on calls involving persons of interest considered a threat to national security. However, national security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler pointed out that the NSA violated FISA law by improperly collecting and handling call metadata.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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