NSA Bulk Data Collection Will Continue Despite Reforms
U.S. intelligence critics say the reforms for the NSA and other agencies fell short of expectations.By Christian Bryant | February 3, 2015
"We will reform programs and procedures in place to provide greater transparency to our surveillance activities and fortify the safeguards that protect the privacy of U.S. persons," President Obama said.
More than a year after President Obama announced a review of U.S. surveillance practices, the administration announced revisions to how the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies collect personal data. But some critics say those revisions don't go far enough.
The report released Tuesday places limits on how long intelligence agencies can keep Americans' and foreigners' "incidentally" collected phone data — that's data not useful for intelligence purposes. Other reforms include protecting whistleblowers who report on wrongdoing and increasing transparency to regain public trust.