Newspaper Reveals Broad Internet Data Scoping by NSA

August 1, 2013 – In The News
KYW News Radio

With new information being leaked about NSA monitoring programs, KYW News Radio turned on August 1, 2013, to veteran privacy attorney Scott Vernick for his analysis of the situation.

If the latest Edward Snowden leak is legitimate, Vernick said, "that gives a lot of private information available to the government without a warrant, and that's not what the government has been telling us up until this point." While the NSA cannot legally target Americans without a warrant, The Guardian newspaper says NSA analysts are not required to go before a court or even a supervisor before they perform a digital search.

"If this report is to be believed, then the collection of data and the amount of data the U.S. government has access to is much more widespread than has been previously described,” said Vernick. “The U.S. government had said if, inadvertently, phone activity or internet activity with respect to U.S. citizens is being captured, that information is not being looked at, but, in this report, it would suggest otherwise."