Your privacy versus national security


(CNN) — When it comes to privacy versus national security: Does one trump the other?

That question is the basis of a recent and independent government review board report.

The board found the National Security Agency’s program for collecting phone and internet communications of suspected security targets outside the U.S. to be lawful, valuable and effective even though it has the potential to infringe on privacy rights.

As for the NSA’s “accidental” collection of domestic and Americans’ communication at home and abroad, the board admits it happens and expressed concerns over how that information is later used. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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