Sunday, August 25, 2013

As NSA Internet Security Issues Continue

Last week, a report by John D. Bates, Chief Judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from Oct. 2011 was declassified and said “for the first time, the government has now advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe” and “the court is troubled that the government’s revelations regarding NSA’s acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program.”

While the continuing issues at the NSA are unfortunate, the fact that these issues are becoming known is somewhat reassuring. In the post-Edward Snowden world, the phrase popularized by Ronald Reagan “Trust, but Verify” seems applicable to the oversight of the intelligence community as well. As organization such as the Internet Engineering Task Force seek standards for better data encryption, the demand for protection of digital content continues to increase.


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