Update: Obama’s NSA Proposals Underscore Reform Challenges

January 17, 2014 – In The News
ComputerWorld

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the ComputerWorld article, "Update: Obama’s NSA Proposals Underscore Reform Challenges." Full text can be found in the January 17, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

The proposed reforms to the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices by President Obama represent enormous challenges for the administration between balancing national security and privacy and civil rights concerns.

Ending the metadata program as it now stands may be the "right political move for public purposes," said Scott Vernick, a noted privacy attorney at Fox Rothschild. "But it could put our country in a more vulnerable position," by making it more difficult for the NSA to access the data.

"By punting the decision to Congress about whether the data should instead be held by telecommunications companies or transferred to a third party, it will effectively keep the current aspects of the program running until a ruling is made," he said.

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