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Perspective: Curbing data use is key to reining in NSA

Jaikumar Vijayan | Nov. 20, 2013
Proposed legislation and rules focus mostly on curbing data collection activities, not on controlling use of personal data

Therefore, the onus is on Congress to impose limits on data use by the NSA and other agencies, he said. Even then, Cate noted, "we apparently will have to trust that the government is following the law."

Steve Vladeck, professor of law and associate Dean for scholarship at the American University Washington College of Law is confident that some use restrictions in bills currently pending before Congress will be adopted.

"Reasonable people can disagree about whether the government should be collecting all of this data and yet still agree that there should be far greater, and harsher, constraints on when the government can actually access or otherwise utilize that data," Vladeck said.


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