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First Take on Government's Surveillance Reform Update Report

As Wells noted yesterday the Administration released its report on the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-28. I am still reading through the documents, which include twelve new agency-specific procedures that implement Section 4 of PPD-28, as well as additional restrictions on the counterterrorism telephone metadata program.

FISA: 702 Collection

PCLOB Releases Recommendation Assessment Report

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released an assessment of the status of each of the Board's 22 recommendations regarding Section 215 and Section 702 programs.

More information, including the assessment, a fact sheet, and a table summarizing the Board's recommendations, can be found in the release by the Board---the relevant part of which is excerpted below.

To mark the one-year anniversary of its report on the Section 215 telephone records program and the six-month annive

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The NRC's Bulk Collection Report: a High-Level Overview

Last week, Wells noted the release of an important, 85-page report by the National Research Council. (Yesterday, Herb Lin added his thoughts about it.) Broadly, Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence: Technical Options concludes that right now, there are no software-based techniques that could fully replace the bulk collection of data.

FISA: 215 Collection

NRC Study on (The Lack of) Software-Based Replacements for Bulk Collection

Scientific Computing had this news yesterday, about the important DNI-ordered study from the National Research Council:

WASHINGTON, DC — No software-based technique can fully replace the bulk collection of signals intelligence, but methods can be developed to more effectively conduct targeted collection and to control the usage of collected data, says

Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

An Overview of the NSA's Declassified Intelligence Oversight Board Reports

As reported last month, the NSA in late December declassified more than ten years of NSA quarterly reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). In them, the NSA lists, with varying degrees of detail and redaction, suspected violations of policies intended to ensure that the NSA’s intelligence gathering activities are in conformity with its collection authorities.

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