New Restrictive Rules for the CIA are Introduced for American Privacy
CIA unveils new rules for putting Americans under surveillance just two days before Trump takes power
CIA revealed its new rules for collecting and storing information on Americans
New restrictions means CIA has to dispose of personal data of Americans it comes across during its probes within five years
The new rules were published in full for the first time on Wednesday
It comes just two days before Donald Trump will be sworn in as president
Trump has said previously he favors stronger government surveillance powers
Published: 18:24 EST, 18 January 2017 | Updated: 02:50 EST, 19 January 2017
The Central Intelligence Agency has unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens just two days before Donald Trump is sworn in as president.
The new restrictions imposed by the US attorney general will force the CIA to dispose of the personal data of Americans it comes across during its probes within five years.
The new rules, which were published in full for the first time on Wednesday, were released amid continued public discomfort over the government’s surveillance powers.
Issues surrounding surveillance gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.
The guidelines were published two days before Trump is sworn into office and may be changed by the new administration.
Trump has said he favors stronger government surveillance powers, including the monitoring of ‘certain’ mosques in the United States.
The CIA is largely barred from collecting information inside the United States or on U.S. citizens. But a 1980s presidential order provided for discrete exceptions governed by procedures approved by the CIA director and the attorney general.
Known as the ‘Attorney General Guidelines,’ the original rules over time became a ‘patchwork of policies and procedures’ that failed to keep pace with the development of technology that can store massive amounts of digital data, said Krass.
In 2014, legislation gave U.S. intelligence agencies two years to develop procedures limiting the storage of information on U.S. citizens.
The new procedures, under development for years, were signed on Tuesday by CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
While the 1982 guidelines were made public two years ago, sections were blacked out. The updated procedures were posted in full for the first time on the CIA’s website on Wednesday.