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The NSA chose Christmas to detail 12 years of accidental spying


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 06:57 PM

 

The NSA's idea of a Christmas present, it seems, is to release multiple reports detailing 12 years of improper conduct. The heavily redacted accounts reveal many incidents of misuse (both accidental and intentional) of the NSA's Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems. A large portion of the misconduct occurred due to the way agents searched the NSA's systems. Poorly constructed and sometimes unauthorized searches led to agents gleaning data on either US citizens and other unintended targets. According to an accompanying press release, data acquired illegally or accidentally is "almost always" deleted in what it refers to as a "purge process."

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 11:01 PM

Common tactic, wait until either everyone is on holiday and not readin the news, or until some celbrity gossip thing gets out before releasing news which people would rather be able to bury. You spot it often if you look at the small stories buried on page 11 or so of a newspaper on days when the first 5 pages are filled with news of some tabloid trash. People might not be able to stop the release of news which shames them, but they always have the option to release it at a time which lets it be ignored.
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