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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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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
6 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

7 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.