Today, President Obama outlined his agenda for reform of the National Security Agency’s pervasive surveillance programs. While the President called for a number of significant reforms, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) believes the proposed reforms fall short of what is needed, particularly in terms of actionable solutions. CDT released the following statement after the President’s remarks:
“The President today added his support to a growing consensus that bulk collection of communications metadata by the NSA must end. With consensus on this point from the President, his independent Review Group, civil society, and companies, we must now move to the question of how to address what we all agree is a fundamental privacy problem,” said Greg Nojeim, Director of CDT’s Project on Freedom, Security and Surveillance.
“While we were pleased to see the President acknowledge that bulk collection by the NSA is untenable, we were disappointed in his failure to offer a clear path forward on these reforms. Storage of bulk records by companies or a third party would be merely a shuffling of the chairs, not a real reform. The only true solution to this issue is restoration of a system of particularized requests, as would be required by the USA FREEDOM Act,” added Nojeim.