Secret court judge reprimands NSA over privacy breaches

This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.

It might be cold comfort for those worried about government surveillance, but today we learned a federal judge reprimanded the NSA for breaking its own privacy requirements. The agency allegedly collected data on Americans who had no apparent connection to terrorism. The information comes from a set of documents released this week in response to a lawsuit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The documents themselves were published -- strangely enough -- on a Tumblr blog connected to the Department of Justice.

Cyrus Farivar, senior business editor at Ars Technica, joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

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