Sunday, December 18, 2016

US Intelligence to reveal an estimate of how many Americans were under government surveillance

The US intelligence community is reportedly slated to reveal an estimate of the number of Americans, whose online communications and activities have been under government surveillance. The monitoring was part of the comprehensive surveillance programs intended to keep an eye on foreigners. The disclosures are expected to be made public as early as January, according to a report.

The estimate was reportedly requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and is slated to come as Congress begins deliberating the possibility of reforming current surveillance authority, known as Section 702, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The provision was added in 2008 and has been widely criticised by some as it provided intelligence agencies to conduct back-door, warrantless surveillance of citizens.

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