The general public in the US can lay hands on loads of Secret CIA Documents now but on the other hand, the new guidelines set by the country’s Central Intelligence Agency also ensure that American citizens’ own privacy is on the stake; their private lives are not private anymore. The ‘New Data Collection Rules’ the CIA has just revealed (i.e. a couple of days ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump) and the guidelines published suggest that from now on, information pertaining to the American citizens is going to be pretty easier for the agencies. They can either collect smaller or large data volumes or under the newly revised procedures, they can collect, analyze, store and share the information thus collected; with no difficulty at all.
There’s every possibility that the new team of administration would make amendments or other change the entire set of newly published guidelines earlier this week but until the highly pro-surveillance kind of Trump administration takes any such step, the US intelligence agencies’ focus seems very clear over the subject. They’re looking to grasp the fact finally, that the way they are handling the data presently, needs for opting a little update for every now and then.
This is pertinent to mention here that the entire new procedure(s) pertaining to collection, analysis of data/information, storing or sharing thereof etc. are to be carried out under Executive Order 12333, while they further ensure that CIA’s own Secret Documents are also available to general public now.
While during a briefing session at Virginia, Langley-based CIA headquarters, Caroline Krass (the General Counsel) bragged that focus of the newly designed guidelines remains on protecting the American citizens’ privacy as well as civil rights in a proper manner. True and discrete exceptions for collecting public information were provided to the agency through a presidential order in 1980’s while before that, they were barred from taking any steps for collection of (required) information, either from inside the country or on/about the American citizens.
Following the provision of above aid discrete exceptions, by both director and the attorney general of the CIA, it became easier and very much possible for the agency to collect huge volume(s) of data like never before. Further, it was some two years ago when the 1982-guidelines were finally made public; though with several and certain sections being blocked out.
Before today, the agency had never posted the rules in full, by the way and according to Reuters’ statement, the intelligence agencies of the US were ‘advised’ in 2014 to complete their procedures regarding limiting the ‘storage of information’ in within 2 years, on US citizens. This particular step was taken following the infamous revelations relating to Edward Snowden in 2013 of the data collection procedures of the NSA and the growing ‘privacy concerns.’
ACIA statement further suggests that data searchers’ concerns have also been responded to and as far as some flaws or loopholes are concerned, the CIA will never overlook the possibility of these mistakes’ misuse either.