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U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the innocent-until-eventually-suspected-of-something dept.
arnott writes with this excerpt from the Washington Post: "The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism. The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center, the intelligence community's clearinghouse for terrorism data, to keep information for up to five years. Previously, the center was required to promptly destroy — generally within 180 days — any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident."
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U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years

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