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Report confirms NSA bulk collection is neither effective nor legal

IU privacy and cybersecurity expert Fred Cate comments on the report

A federal privacy board's finding that the bulk collection of telephonic metadata is illegal is the boldest call yet for the dismantling of the National Security Agency's (NSA) overzealous spy program and shows the lack of oversight of the NSA's activities by the secret federal court charged with doing so, according to IU privacy and cybersecurity expert Fred Cate, director of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. 

"The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board not only concluded that this violates the requirements of Section 215 but provided five independent grounds for that conclusion," Cate said.