FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans
The classified revisions were accepted by the secret US court that
governs surveillance, during its annual recertification of the agencies’
broad surveillance powers. The new rules affect a set of powers
colloquially known as Section 702, the portion of the law that
authorizes the NSA’s sweeping “Prism”
program to collect internet data. Section 702 falls under the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa), and is a provision set to expire
later this year.
A government civil liberties watchdog, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Group (PCLOB), alluded to the change in its recent overview of ongoing surveillance practices.
The watchdog confirmed in a 2014 report that the FBI is allowed
direct access to the NSA’s massive collections of international emails,
texts and phone calls – which often include Americans on one end of the