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Metadata from a phone call include information such as the direction (who called whom), length, date and time. The program does not record the location or the name associated with a call. No one is listening to the call and no content is recorded.
Unfortunately, during the Snowden affair, many news outlets have spent more time examining ways the government could abuse the information it has access to while giving scant mention to the lengths to which the intelligence community goes to protect privacy, writes Andrew Liepman.
Published commentary by RAND staff: Media Leaks Hinder Intelligence Gathering, in the Washington Times.
Published commentary by RAND staff: President Obscured the Case for Spying, in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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