Latest in Audit

Image credit:

Leaked NSA audit shows privacy violations in cellular and fiber optic surveillance

10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

The NSA insists that it respects American privacy, but documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post suggest that the agency has trouble maintaining that respect. A May 2012 audit, buried in the documents, 2,776 incidents where the NSA's Washington-area facilities inadvertently obtained protected American data through a mix of human errors and technical limits. Among its larger gaffes, the NSA regularly had problems determining when foreign cellphones were roaming in the US, leading to unintentional snooping on domestic calls. The agency also spent months tapping and temporarily storing a mix of international and domestic data from US fiber lines until the Foreign Intelligence Surveilliance Court ruled that the technique was unconstitutional. NSA officials responding to the leak say that their agency corrects and mitigates incidents where possible, and argue that it's difficult for the organization to avoid errors altogether. However, the audit also reveals that the NSA doesn't always report violations to overseers -- the division may be interested in fixing mistakes, but it's not eager to mention them.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
States sue to prevent EPA from revoking state emissions powers

States sue to prevent EPA from revoking state emissions powers

View
Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

View
The Morning After: iFixit looks inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro

The Morning After: iFixit looks inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro

View
Netflix tweaks 'Devil Next Door' documentary after Polish PM complains

Netflix tweaks 'Devil Next Door' documentary after Polish PM complains

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr