Previously, when the NSA passed data it collected through its secretive, advanced, and sometimes illegal methods, an NSA analyst would strip the data that pertained to innocent people, and would only pass on what they deemed necessary. Now, when the NSA shares information with another intelligence agency, it will pass on the raw data, with no redactions. This means that employees and analysts at the 16 other federal intelligence agencies will now see raw, unfiltered data collected by the NSA.
The New York Times neatly summed up the changes: “Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.”
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Patrick Toomey, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties national security project, slammed the sharing of raw data between agencies, noting that it’s all collected without a warrant.