"All the transparency in the world isn't necessarily going to limit the potential damage here in terms of privacy and/or credibility of the U.S. government, if they're engaged in sordid forms of dragnet surveillance in service of policing terrorism across the globe," Thierer said by email.
In addition, international agreements on what data related to terrorism or criminal activity can be divulged and shared would also help moot the arguments of U.S. critics.
On Friday, President Barack Obama conceded to reporters in Washington, D.C., that more openness and safeguards were needed in U.S. surveillance efforts, The New York Times reported. Steps to be taken included the creation of a high-level task force of outside intelligence, and civil liberties experts to advise the government on balancing national security with privacy.
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