(Mashable) The overseer of U.S. intelligence agencies released its first transparency report on Friday, detailing the scope of NSA surveillance last year.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that the NSA spied on 89,138 "targets" under its PRISM program — and that the spy agency needed just one order from the federal surveillance court to obtain permission for its spying, according to the report, which was posted on the intelligence community's Tumblr.
The report, however, noted that a "target" might refer to an individual, a group, a foreign power or "an organization composed of multiple individuals." In other words, the figure might not indicate the actual number of people targeted by the NSA, according to privacy experts and civil liberties advocates.
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