No Software Alternative to Bulk Data Collection

January 15, 2015 6:57 PM

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No software-based technique can fully replace bulk collection of communications data for electronic intelligence gathering, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report released on Thursday.

The report, however, said some methods could be developed to better target collection and control the use of the collected data, which could help protect privacy of the information and allay civil liberties concerns.

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