SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – President Obama has laid the groundwork for changes that would end the way the National Security Agency collects and stores Americans’ information. But not everyone is sure their privacy will be more protected.
Even after President Obama’s announcement that the National Security Agency will no longer be able to store phone and email records they collect, Americans aren’t necessarily feeling any less violated. Nearly three-quarters say they doubt the changes will protect their privacy any more — it’s too hard to strike a balance.
“There’s a pendulum that swings way one way where they don’t get anything and way the other way where they collect too much and stuff that’s unnecessary,” said John Santoro from Longmeadow.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither;” While this post-9/11 America is certainly different than the one our founding fathers envisioned, some people told 22News they still want more changes to protect those principles.
“I really don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t have anything to worry about. But at the same time a lot of the laws that were put into place at the founding of our country, it’s all there for a reason,” said Christopher Austin from Agawam.
Even without storage of phone and internet data, more than half of Americans still disapprove of the collection in itself. Forty percent approve the surveillance.