Essays Tagged "Slate"

Page 1 of 1

Let the NSA Keep Hold of the Data

Giving it to private companies will only make privacy intrusion worse.

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Slate
  • February 14, 2014

One of the recommendations by the president’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on reforming the National Security Agency—No. 5, if you’re counting—is that the government should not collect and store telephone metadata. Instead, a private company—either the phone companies themselves or some other third party—should store the metadata and provide it to the government only upon a court order.

This isn’t a new idea. Over the past decade, several countries have enacted mandatory data retention laws, in which companies are required to save Internet or telephony data about customers for a specified period of time, in case the government needs it for an investigation. But does it make sense? In December, Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.