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An Ars Technics investigation into the NSA’s collection of phone data.

article By April Holloway April 10, 2019 07:06:22By April Holloways report at the end of April, the NSA had not yet turned over any phone data to the Justice Department.

On June 7, the agency sent a letter to a New York Times reporter saying that it had not turned over data on any of the people it had collected in its mass surveillance program, but that the data could be used for “any purpose” and “if it’s relevant to an investigation.”

The letter did not specify what purposes.

A spokesperson for the NSA declined to comment to Ars.

A month later, the Times reported that the agency was preparing to disclose to Congress the results of an investigation by a Senate panel into the surveillance programs.

But the panel’s chair, Senator Mark Udall, told reporters that he did not expect to receive a response to the report until early September, months after the Times report had been published.

In the meantime, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Udall and includes a number of Democrats, is conducting its own investigation into what it describes as the NSA surveillance program.

The panel is also holding a public hearing on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

ET.

On Friday, it will hold a public session on the topic.

A Senate aide told Ars that the public session will focus on the question of whether the Senate’s oversight panel should seek to declassify information about the surveillance program to make the public more aware of what happened and what it could mean for the privacy of American citizens.

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday at 2 p.,m.

EST.

In that hearing, Representative Zoe Lofgren, the California Democrat who chairs the panel, will testify that she expects the panel to produce a declassified report before the end in October.

The Senate Intelligence panel is holding public hearings on May 11 at 2:30 p.o.m., and the House Intelligence panel will hold hearings on June 14 at 1:30 a.m.: