The Obama administration has tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other US intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the National Security Agency. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the new policy Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of changes stemming
from the disclosures by Edward Snowden, the former NSA technician who leaked secret documents exposing surveillance programs. The policy allows agencies to use “signals intelligence” data collected in bulk for six specific purposes: hunting foreign spies; counterterrorism; counter-proliferation; cybersecurity; countering threats to US or allied armed forces or personnel; and combating transnational criminal threats. It requires that the data be deleted after five years if not relevant for intelligence requirements.