The Washington Post reports on new Obama administration guidelines that will allow the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) to retain data on American citizens who have no ties to terrorism for up to five years. Prior to the new guidelines, the NCTC needed to immediately destroy data on citizens not linked to terrorism. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said the "counterterrorism community concluded it is vital for the NCTC to be provided with a variety of datasets from various agencies that contain terrorism information," adding, the guidelines "will enable NCTC to accomplish its mission more practically and effectively." Privacy advocates are worried about potential data mining on innocent citizens. Electronic Privacy Information Center Executive Director Marc Rotenberg called the changes "very disturbing," adding, "It is a vast expansion of the government's surveillance authority." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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