Time to Hang Up on Government Phone Snooping

Along with the rest of the USA Freedom Act, the Call Detail Records (CDR) program is set to expire on 12/15/2019. This is the infamous NSA program that gathered hundreds of millions of American citizens’ phone call metadata records. A commission formed after 9/11, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), is studying the phone program to determine whether it should be renewed, despite the fact NSA reportedly asked to shut the program down voluntarily last year. As I explained in my comment letter to the PCLOB, I believe CDR is becoming ineffective as a counter-terrorism tool. The threat landscape has shifted from the command-and-control model of Al Qaeda to the more decentrali


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