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Scholars warn of NSA loopholes

A report from researchers at Harvard University and Boston University warns that the National Security Agency could freely monitor the electronic communications of American citizens by rerouting Internet traffic through overseas networks.

Federal intelligence services have greater legal latitude to conduct electronic surveillance outside the United States, the researchers said. If messages between two parties in the United States could be routed through foreign data centers, the NSA could scoop up the data without violating US law.

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