Who Will Take Responsibility Over NSA Phone Data?
After Edward Snowden, former contractor with the National Security Agency, released documents revealing the intelligence agency’s collection of phone data, it had many calling for change in the security agency. Now, President Barack Obama has decided that for the present the data will not be transferring over to telecommunications companies.
The news comes as something of a relief to phone companies who didn’t want the extra burden, worried how it would affect business, and had concerns about possible law suits. The plan to use companies as an information middle man was suggested by a White House advisory panel, according to Bloomberg. “What matters is not so much the fact that they won’t be required to hold those records, but rather just to be out from any kind of requirements one way or another. That’s a big win for the carriers,” said Charles Golvin — technology industry analysts — to Bloomberg.
Friday the president will speak on his plans to curtail some of the NSA abilities, but the phone data is an issue that will be put to Congress it seems. “Congress has a responsibility to establish limits on government surveillance, so it’s entirely appropriate that Congress weigh in on the phone records program,” said Jeremy Bash — previously with the CIA and Pentagon — to the Washington Post.