The National Security Agency has officially announced that, due to the newly agreed USA Freedom Act, they are shutting down one of their largest spying programs. A former member of the NSA, Edward Snowden, should be the happiest person to hear this news.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY SHUTS DOWN SPYING PROGRAM
The NSA has broken the news on what the USA Freedom Act is aimed at. The NSA mentioned how this act is aimed at eliminating the bulk of the metadata collected by them and they mentioned how this act was passed by Congress in June, but because of the 180-day transition period it officially shut down November 28th. They also mention that the new law will require them, and any other government agencies, to get a court order before being able to collect any information or phone records for people. A report was also released by Reuters which pointed out that any data the NSA has will last until February 29th, 2016, but after that the NSA will have to delete all historic records.
EDWARD SNOWDEN PROBABLY SMILING AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
For anyone who does not know the story on Edward Snowden, according to the NSA, Snowden was a member for them and he disclosed classified information from them to the public in 2013. After this, NSA says how Snowden was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for this incident. This incident is precisely why Snowden is probably smiling at what has happened to the NSA. This can be thought of as Snowden’s payback against the NSA. It can be imagined that Snowden is happy about this news. Not only Snowden, but the general public should be happy about this news because they gained a little more privacy. The NSA will certainly shake up after this new law has been passed and it will be interesting to see how they handle it in the coming months and years.