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Spy Agency Says NSA Data Will Be Shared Within Government

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By    |   Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 11:57 AM

A top lawyer for U.S. spy agencies says a change in policy is being finalized to allow the sharing of intercepted data throughout the federal government — but that it won't be used for domestic policing.

Lawyer Robert Litt of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence writes in a national security legal blog, Just Security, the policy change will allow "no greater access" to law enforcement "than there is today."

"These procedures are in the final stages of development and approval now, and we hope to have them finalized and released to the public soon," Litt writes.

"There will be no greater access to signals intelligence information for law enforcement purposes than there is today," Litt adds in the blog post.

"These procedures will only ensure that other elements of the intelligence community will be able to make use of this signals intelligence if it is relevant to their intelligence mission."

A New York Times report in February first revealed the administration is in the process of expanding the National Security Agency's ability to share information without first adding privacy protections.

The Hill reports Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold and California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu warned earlier this month the potentially "unconstitutional" and "dangerous" move could allow law enforcement agencies like the FBI to use the NSA's data for policing matters within the United States.

Litt writes not so, insisting the NSA will be banned from giving information to anyone outside the 16-agency federal intelligence community, and that those agencies will need to first "establish a justification" for receiving the data.

The data could only be used for  "authorized foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes," he writes.

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