The National Security Agency has been widely criticized for its ongoing collection of data from United States citizens. However this past week, the court in charge of the covert activities of the NSA pushed back on a request by the Department of Justice to extend how long it could store private information. The moved potentially marks changing attitudes towards what is acceptable in the face of national security.
As it stands, the information that the Agency collects can only be stored for five years, but several pending lawsuits fall outside that scope of time and would require the additional preservation of information prompting the request. Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Reggie Walton said in a decision issued on Mar. 7 that the NSA was still a source of privacy issues for the public, and therefore would be denied the ability to store unused information for any longer.