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August 12, 2013

Obama promises to improve transparency in surveillance programmes

Proposals are aimed at easing public concerns and uneasiness.

By CBR Staff Writer

US President Barrack Obama has promised to bring about transparency of the government surveillance programmes that have been criticised since leaks by ex-NSA contractor Snowden.

Aimed at easing public concerns and uneasiness, Obama’s latest proposal included reorganising the Patriot Act programme that gathers telephone records, in addition to working with Congress to improve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

The US President has also proposed to boost transparency on data collection and establishing a website as well as setting up a sophisticated group of outside professionals to review surveillance technologies.

Obama said: "Given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance — particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives."

"In other words, it’s not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs," the US President added.

"The American people need to have confidence in them as well."

The latest plans follow revelations by Snowden’s regarding secret NSA snooping both domestically and overseas that put the Obama administration into troubles.

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The US Government has strongly tried bringing Snowden back to the country to face spying charges, while he has been granted asylum in Russia.

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