Jan 18, 2017 - Technology

Updated CIA policy prioritizes Americans’ privacy

The new policy, per an AP report:

  • Will keep Americans' information for up to five years if it hasn't been reviewed
  • Pares down which employees can access this information and sets up a system to monitor who looks at information and why

Context: As the CIA uses more and more technology to gather intel, it's increasingly inadvertently collecting Americans' data. Until today, some of these policies hadn't been updated since 1982. This left the CIA to gather info in bulk without a lot of accountability.

Between the lines: CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass said the changes have been in the pipeline for years. Trump has said he hopes to enhance U.S. surveillance to knock out terrorism. These extra protections come two days before he settles into the Oval Office as POTUS.

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