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U.S. President's plan insufficient to rein in NSA, privacy advocates say

Antone Gonsalves | March 31, 2014
President Barack Obama's plan to stop the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone records is a good first step that needs to go much further to protect Americans' privacy rights, advocates say.

"USA Freedom is more comprehensive and it's essential that it pass to fix much of what is wrong with domestic surveillance," Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

The NSA's gathering of massive amounts of data, ranging from telephone records and email to Internet activities, came to light as the result of documents handed to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The extent of NSA activity as part of its anti-terrorism program has angered foreign governments, including those friendly to the U.S., and has hurt overseas sales of U.S. technology companies.


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