28 Jul NSA Watchdog Highlights Privacy Concerns in First Congressional Report
In its first public report for Congress, the NSA Inspector General condemned the spy agency for numerous instances of non-compliance and insufficiency in protecting the data of US citizens.
The IG criticized in particular the facets of the agency’s “Emerging Open Source Activities Branch,” which performs information analysis. The watchdog said that there was insufficient “guidance and training” for analysts to adequately protect the personal data of Americans.
In its report, the IG also pushed for the protection of whistleblowers. Inspector General Robert Stroch said that whistleblowers provide a valuable service to the Agency and the public when they come forward with evidence of wrongdoing, and they should never suffer reprisal for doing so.