National Security Agency (NSA) Director Paul Nakasone has acknowledged that the agency is purchasing personal data from web brokers without a warrant.
In a letter to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, the agency's director said the data collected by the NSA “includes information related to electronic devices used outside the United States and, in some cases, within the United States. There is a possibility.”
Sen. Wyden, a champion of internet freedom and privacy rights, said, “Such a record shows that Americans who seek help from suicide hotlines and hotlines for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence We can identify people.”
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Sen. Wyden said that using personal information without consent or knowledge is illegal and that the NSA must store all personal data it collects in a database to comply with the same standards imposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It is argued that it should be submitted. Also about other organizations. Data that does not meet these standards will be removed from use.
Mr. Wyden recently suspended incoming NSA Administrator Timothy Ho from his position as director and urged the agency to review its purchases of personal data. Wyden has been pushing for this confirmation for nearly three years to ensure Americans' personal data remains private.
Mr. Wyden is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees the activities of the U.S. intelligence community. The Defense Intelligence Agency also previously admitted to purchasing and using personal data collected from American citizens' cell phones in 2021.
The NSA responded to Wyden via email, explaining that the agency puts personal data through “technical filters” at every step of the collection process, and that the data it collects is used for national and cybersecurity purposes.