New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years

Posted March 26, 2012

Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren’t tied to terrorism. Here’s my writeup.

I can only repeat the headline for Wired’s cover story: Watch what you say. BTW, do read the Wired piece I reference in the above article, “The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)“. The NSA’s new data center and other programs are well on the way to cracking even AES encryption (!!!). and the storage facility has the “near-bottomless” capacity to hold “the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’”


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