NSA collected telephone data that was not authorized to obtain, months after it admitted that hundreds of millions of files were collected too much due to & # 39; technical irregularities & # 39;
- In 2018, the NSA revealed that it had over-collected hundreds of millions of metadata
- The metadata consisted of calls and text messages sent within the US, but not calls
- It has now become apparent that a similar problem occurred a few months later
- An undisclosed number of mobile data files was registered, documents reveal
- & # 39; These documents only confirm that this monitoring program is not possible and that it should be closed forever & # 39 ;, said lawyer Toomey.
The much-maligned telephone data collection program of the NSA got a big blow on Wednesday, after it turned out that it had collected call and text records for which it was not authorized – the second time such an incident occurred.
The error, which occurred last October, occurred a few months after the agency said it had cleared hundreds of millions of metadata records that it had over-collected since 2015, following a similar incident.
Metadata includes the numbers and timestamps of calls or texts, but do not contain the content of the conversation.
The error, which occurred last October, happened a few months after the agency said it had cleared hundreds of millions of metadata records that it had over-collected since 2015, following a similar incident (NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Florida)
When the original error was announced, the NSA said it was the & # 39; cause & # 39; of the issue, but information obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union indicated that a similar over-collection took place only a few months later.
& # 39; These documents only confirm that this monitoring program cannot be paid off and must be permanently suspended & # 39 ;, said Patrick Toomey, attorney at ACLU, in a statement.
& # 39; The NSA collection of US phone lists is too large, the compliance problems too much, and the proof of the value of the program is anything but non-existent. It is not justified to leave this supervisory power in the hands of the NSA. & # 39;
The NSA said in a statement: & # 39; The technical irregularities that caused NSA to delete data last summer were identified and addressed & # 39 ;, said an NSA spokesperson in a statement.
& # 39; Since that time, NSA has identified additional data integrity and compliance issues caused by the unique complexity of using business-related business records for intelligence purposes. & # 39;
However, the NSA could not provide additional information about why the incident was not reported in October in the same way as a month earlier, in June.
It is also unclear how many files were included in the second incident, although the agency said their effect on privacy is likely to be limited & # 39; was given their rapid identification.
& # 39; While NSA was legally searching for data related to a foreign force dealing with international terrorism, the provider produced inaccurate data and data that NSA was looking for, & # 39; said the NSA.
It appears that the data was collected, as in the previous situation, by a telecommunications company that provided call data records that the national security authority had not requested and that had not been approved by the US Secret Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The company, whose name has been edited, told the NSA that it began delivering those records on Ocober 3, 2018, until October 12, when the agency asked her for the & # 39; anomaly & # 39; to investigate.
The ACLU said the documents also suggest that a person may be focusing on surveillance due to the first overcollection episode, which led to the removal of the entire database from the program in June 2018, according to WSJ.
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