NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, leaked audit reveals

By Scorpus
Aug 16, 2013
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  1. An audit leaked by The Washington Post has revealed a staggering amount of privacy violations performed by the National Security Agency (NSA), resulting in thousands of cases of unauthorized surveillance on Americans each year.

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,844   +103

    NSA (National Security Agency) sounds like they need an agency to regulate (watch) them! WSA Watchdog Security Agency!
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  3. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +221

    Woah no way!? You mean a government agency abused their power and did something illegal and immoral? Who would have thought?
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,601   +2,006

    For everyone that doesn't see the harm in this, I truly hope you were the ones being violated.

    For those of you who don't see the harm in this, would you try and seek out restitution for being violated? No need in answering, because I know what you say, would not be what you do.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,513   +953

    If area code 202 were North Dakota I might believe this was an honest error, but 202 is Washington DC. So the NSA 'accidentally' intercepted a whole ton of phone calls in Washington DC in an election year. Last time one side of a presidential election spied on the other it was called Watergate.

    I doubt anyone would ever know their privacy was violated. So long as you don't publicly insult our president our violations of our constitutional rights will remain unnoticed.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,601   +2,006

    OMG, that link was so funny! LMAO
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Booster Posts: 275   +72

    Ouch. I was hoping the FISA was a bit better than it seems it is. Mishandling will negatively impact what should be a useful tool. I know it is human nature to 'push the envelope', so I wish the agency would carefully respect the limits and make good use of the tool. Sadly, it appears they have not.
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,980   +154

    Geez, blaming the computers seems like a new low, even for the government.
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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 4,682   +1,198

    "NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times"
    I'm surprised. That's not very much by NSA standards.
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  10. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,098   +167

    Lol, an 'audit' finds the NSA violating privacy rules and still no heads rolled, not even an apology from the government/president?
    what's the use of an 'internal audit' if nobody is accountable in the real world?
    who will police the police?

    I'm lucky that I have not travelled to the u.s.
    (I have fear of heights/airplanes :) ; I have an unkempt appearance therefore 'suspicious-looking')
  11. spencer

    spencer TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants".-Thomas Jefferson
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  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,601   +2,006

    Smart man, wish he was wrong though. :/
  13. Basically, the people in the goverment has to much power and no body watch how they use it.

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