ODNI releases report on IC transparency

On April 29, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the Annual Statistical Transparency Report (ASTR) regarding the Intelligence Community’s (IC) use of National Security Surveillance Authorities for 2021. The release of the report is consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), as amended (codified in 50 U.S.C. § 1873(b)), and the IC’s Principles of Intelligence Transparency.

Published every year since 2014, the report provides statistics and context regarding the government’s use of FISA authorities, National Security Letters, and other national security authorities. The report also offers insight into the rigorous oversight framework that spans all three branches of government and safeguards the privacy and civil liberties of individuals whose information is acquired in accordance with national security authorities.

“We’re committed to proactively informing the public, who entrusts us to protect our nation and our civil liberties, on the Intelligence Community’s use of key national security authorities,” said Ben Huebner, Chief, ODNI Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency. “In fact, this report exceeds statutory requirements and provides additional facts and context to enhance public understanding of our mission and how we accomplish it.”

Source: ODNI

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