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Geoffrey R. Stone
The question is, in the wake of the NSA spying revelations, what is the minimum degree of privacy protection the US should grant to non-citizens?
On August 27, President Obama met in the White House Situation Room with the five members of his newly appointed Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies. The five members were: a former member of the National Security Council, a former acting director of the CIA, a former director of the office of information and regulatory affairs, a former chief counsellor for privacy in the office of management and budget, and me.
The immediate backdrop for the president's appointment of the review group was a series of unauthorised disclosures of classified information involving foreign intelligence surveillance by the National Security Agency. Our charge was to submit a formal report by December 15, advising the president on how the United States can employ its information collection capabilities in a way that protects our national security and advances our foreign policy, while at the same time respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties.
Although our report, "Liberty and Security in a Changing World", and our 46 recommendations focus primarily on the privacy interests of American citizens, here I will focus on those recommendations that relate specifically to the privacy interests of non-Americans.
The question, quite simply, is to what extent a nation should accord non-citizens the same privacy protections it recognises for its own citizens? At one level, it is easy to say that every nation should accord all persons the same rights, privileges and immunities that it grants to its own citizens. But, of course, no nation follows such a policy. Nations naturally — and appropriately — see themselves as distinct communities with special obligations to the members of their own community.