National Security Agency's (NSA) inspector general issued a
rare report Wednesday condemning the administration for
insufficiently protecting data gathered from U.S. citizens.
to Congress by the agency's watchdog
details “many instances of non-compliance” by agency
personnel dealing with rules meant to
protect “computer networks, systems and data.”
issues of noncompliance included flash drives not being
scanned for viruses before being used by staff, as well as
"inaccurate or incomplete” security plans.
of the violations warranted immediate reporting to the NSA's
director or Congress, the agency's inspector general
concluded, but revealed "significant problems and
deficiencies" within the agency.
projects during the reporting period did not reveal serious
or flagrant problems or abuses related to the administration
of Agency programs or operations that would require
immediate reporting to [the agency's director] or Congress,"
the report stated.
report comes a month after the agencyannounced
it was purginghundreds of millions of phone
records collected by American telecom companies
that the agency had acquired since 2015.
NSA said in June that it was deleting the files, known
as call detail records, of millions of American-made
phone calls after discovering that it had received some
data for which it did not have proper authorization.
Wyden (Ore.), who sits on the Senate
Intelligence Committee, previously laid blame for that issue
on telecom companies who provided the data to the NSA.
companies hold vast amounts of private data on Americans,”
Wyden told The New York Times. “This incident shows these
companies acted with unacceptable carelessness, and failed
to comply with the law when they shared customers’ sensitive
data with the government."