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Administration Releases Report on Presidential Policy Directive-28/Signals Intelligence Activities

NSA Releases Specific Procedures to Implement

The administration's new report on Presidential Policy Directive-28 (PPD-28) takes a look at ongoing reform efforts related to U.S. Signals Intelligence activities and efforts to examine and enhance the civil liberties and privacy protections embedded in those activities.


Over the course of the past eighteen months, the United States has undertaken a comprehensive effort to examine and enhance the privacy and civil liberty protections we embed in our signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection activities.

As part of this process, we have sought — and benefited from — a broad cross section of views, ideas, and recommendations from oversight bodies, advocacy organizations, private companies, and the general public. This effort has resulted in strengthened privacy and civil liberty protections; new limits on signals intelligence collection and use; and increased transparency.

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive-28, Signals Intelligence Activities (PPD-28) and delivered an address at the Department of Justice on the steps we are taking to reform certain intelligence activities. As we mark the one-year anniversary of these events, it is a good time to report on the status of a range of ongoing reform efforts.


As this report shows, the Intelligence Community has made significant progress implementing many reforms. However, our work is not done. To that end, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will issue another public report in 2016 about the Intelligence Community’s on-going progress to implement these reforms.

Section 4 of the PPD-28 directs the Intelligence Community to establish policies and procedures for safeguarding personal information collected during signals intelligence activities. NSA has created supplemental procedures which serve as the guidance and procedures for implementing this direction from the President, and extending comparable safeguards currently provided for U.S. persons to all persons, regardless of nationality.

NSA's Supplemental Procedures are available here: NSA Supplemental Procedures for PPD-28



Author: Matrix Today
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