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NSA Spying Declared Legal by Board Appointed by Obama

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A controversial spying program managed by the National Security Agency is legal, according to a board appointed by President Obama. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board gave their approval to nearly all domestic surveillance and data collections programs they reviewed. Widespread data collection from Americans by the Federal government was first revealed in 2013 by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Federal law allows the collection of data from foreigners in other nations when that information crosses the United States. This provision includes the PRISM program, which collects data from social media giants like Facebook, Google and Apple. The five members of the privacy board recommended internal changes in the NSA to prevent abuse of information collected. The panel included two former Justice Department officials, a pair of privacy experts and a federal judge. They stated some of the programs undertaken by the administration are "close to the line of constitutio

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