In an article published yesterday, Peter Swire reviews the recent passage of the USA FREEDOM Act. Perhaps most notably, the Act eliminates the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Swire calls the Act, “the biggest pro-privacy change to U.S. intelligence law since the original enactment of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978.”
As one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology formed in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, Swire identifies the “close fit between Review Group recommendations and the provisions of the USA Freedom Act.”
Peter Swire is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business and Senior Counsel in Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group.