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More U.S. authorities access to raw NSA intercepts

WASHINGTON – AMERICAN intelligence agencies are to have access to the ” raw signals intelligence the National Security Agency) collects abroad. That has some privacy advocates worried.

The NSA may not intentionally target citizens of the united states, but the bulk of the collection of the foreign communications is sweep up some of Americans’ phone calls, e-mails and other online communications as they bounce over networks abroad.

For the NSA removed irrelevant names and personal information for the intercepted the 16 other intelligence agencies, including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now they can peruse the raw information themselves, while still complying with existing privacy rules.

Groups like the Brennan Center for Justice argue that the new rules, published online on Thursday, roll back strict limits on the NSA’s data-sharing with domestic law enforcement agencies.

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