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US privacy board finds no illegitimate activity in overseas surveillance program

John Ribeiro | July 3, 2014
The board warned of the privacy implications of the incidental collection of communications of U.S. persons.

Reviewing the government's programs for the bulk collection of phone records of U.S. persons, the PCLOB earlier this year said that the NSA lacked the legal authority for such collection, and recommended in a 3-2 vote that the government wind down the program. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed in June last year details of the bulk collection of phone records from Verizon by the NSA.

"If the last PCLOB report was a bombshell, this one is a dud," wrote Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, in a Twitter message.

The board will be voting on the current report on Wednesday.



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