There has been a lot of debate about the electronics spying programs of the National Security Agency, programs which not only affect U.S. citizens, but also those of other nations around the world. The programs have been criticized a lot as the stream of highly classified documents kept informing the public just how much the NSA is keeping an eye on internet users around the world. According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama is considering making major changes to the agency and its surveillance programs, he is expected to make an announcement on Friday.
It is expected that President Obama will extend privacy protections to non-Americans, in an effort to downplay the blowback generated after word broke that NSA also spied on citizens of friendly countries. Rumor has it that the president may appoint a privacy advocate who will argue in FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. FISA is tasked with approving requests for electronics surveillance. President Obama is also expected to meet with members from the tech community who have also been affected by NSA’s programs and its constant requests for access to user data. It remains to be seen what the president actually announces, but it seems that Edward Snowden might have achieved one of his objectives, reforming the NSA.
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