Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: Line Between Public, Private Self is Shifting

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Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 12:37 PM

By Greg Richter

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Social media and electronic communications have forced a shift in the line between public and private self, says former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, and it is making intelligence gathering more difficult.

Appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation," Hayden said he is comfortable with the changes President Barack Obama recently announced about data collection by the National Security Agency.

The NSA had been holding metadata on phone calls, but now will rely on phone companies to do keep those records, which can then be queried when needed.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said phone companies have held that data all along, so there is no additional risk to customers. The changes aim to make people feel more comfortable that the government cannot abuse their privacy.

"I think we've arrived at a solution that actually makes us more safe, but gives people higher comfort that the government would not potentially abuse it," Hayden said.

The Constituion's Fourth Amendment provides for a reasonable expectation of privacy, Hayden noted, "And now that definition of reasonable is shifting. That makes this work very hard."

Host Bob Schieffer said he is more concerned about his privacy being breached by private companies than by the government. Hayden told the 77-year-old host that privacy concerns are differ by age group, with younger people less concerned about airing their dirty laundry on the Internet.

Schieffer agreed, saying, "People now talk about things at the dinner table that you used to not talk about behind the barn."

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