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Udall calls on NSA to fix “significant” errors about privacy protections

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee last year.

DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall called on the National Security Agency to correct inaccurate and misleading information provided by the agency in a fact sheet about its cellular surveillance programs that were first made public by whistle-blower-turned-international fugitive Edward Snowden.

In a letter to NSA Director, General Keith Alexander, Udall and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, both Democrats, urge the agency to correct its fact sheet, which, they allege, portrays that privacy protections are “stronger than they actually are.”

“As you have seen, when the NSA makes inaccurate statements about government surveillance and fails to correct the public record, it can decrease public confidence in the NSA’s openness and its commitment to protecting Americans’ constitutional rights,” Udall and Wyden write.


The fact sheet itself, which was distributed to all members of Congress, details the government’s interpretation of Section 702 of the Patriot Act.

One thing the senators pointed out is where the fact sheet says “any inadvertently acquired communication” concerning an American must be destroyed if it isn’t relevant to any terrorism investigation.

To Udall and Wyden, that statement is “somewhat misleading in that it implies the NSA has the ability to determine how many American communications it has collected” under this section of the law.

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