Has America's definition of privacy changed? There's been concern over recent reports of the government collecting massive amounts of internet and phone data. But in the age of Facebook and smartphones, people often offer up private information — disclosing their whereabouts on apps like Foursquare. Host Michel Martin examines the future of digital privacy.
Edward Snowden, who says he's behind the revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs, has dropped out of sight. He was last seen in Hong Kong. The journalist who broke his story says there are more revelations to come. And CBS News says officials are prepping criminal charges.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the public has had several glimpses of the government's growing surveillance powers. The Bush administration had a program so secret, it dispensed with judicial warrants altogether. The resulting scandals and lawsuits appear to have done little to roll back the spying.
Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old computer technician at the center of the NSA surveillance controversy, was an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton. In recent decades, the government has grown increasingly reliant on such firms to do critical work on national security.
When surveillance laws were revised in 2012, Congress expressed great concerns that without proper oversight intelligence agencies would engage in the sort of monitoring that has been uncovered in recent days. Congress put a number of safeguards in place, but rejected others that would have guarantee more public discussion about what the NSA does.
The revelations about the monitoring of massive amounts of phone and Internet traffic by the NSA have led to questions of how the agency is using all of that information. Renee Montagne talks with journalist and author James Bamford about how the NSA handles so much data.
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