The US government will release a list of scholars whose articles were used in the NSA’s PRISM database on Thursday.
The release is a response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and a lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) challenging the government’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications and other private data.
The American Civil Liberties Union, a digital rights organisation, filed the lawsuit on behalf of two former NSA analysts and other people involved in the program.
EFF claims the government has no legal justification for the data collection, which it says is unconstitutional.
But a spokesperson for the US attorney general, Eric Holder, said the list will be released as soon as a court approves it.
“We will provide the court with a short summary of the arguments and arguments made in our motion to quash [the request for a gag order],” the spokesperson said.
The full list of the researchers, including their names and contact details, will be posted online at: http://www.americanlibertiesunion.org/docs/privacy-and-security/american-liberties-org-releases-list-of-scholars-involved-in-surveillance-programs-involving-the-nsa/.
But in the short-term, it may not be enough for EFF.
The organisation has said that the list does not go far enough and is critical of some of the information on the list.
EFF also called on the government to make public more information about how the data was collected.
“This is a list, it is not a public document,” said EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury.
“And we’re concerned about the government continuing to hide the fact that this list exists, the extent of the data it collects and the way it uses it.”
The US government needs to release the full list.
The information about who’s on it needs to be public and people can go to it to get their facts straight about the program.
“Privacy advocates say the list is incomplete and the government needs more information to fully explain what it does with it.
In December, the Obama administration ordered a review of how the government uses information it has collected under the NSA program, including its use of the name of journalists. “
It’s about the data that’s being collected and the information that the government is collecting.”
In December, the Obama administration ordered a review of how the government uses information it has collected under the NSA program, including its use of the name of journalists.
The review, due to be published later this year, will focus on how the NSA uses data on journalists.
EFF says the review does not include a full account of how many journalists were targeted for surveillance.
“The government needs an explanation for why this information was collected and why it was used,” Farkhantz said.
She said the report should show how the collection of data is overseen and overseen properly.
“For example, the review should include how many reporters were affected by the NSA collection and why,” she said.
A spokesperson for US Attorney General Holder declined to comment.
The US attorney’s office did not respond to a Guardian request for comment on Thursday, but a spokesperson from the office said that “all information is available online”.
“We look forward to providing the government with information about the process and the data,” the spokesperson added.
The list of those who were targeted by the government will be announced at an event hosted by the Washington, DC-based National Press Club on Thursday evening.
The press club is hosting the event to highlight the importance of journalism, including in the face of government surveillance.
It also announced that a panel of journalists will discuss the issue of privacy and the importance for journalists to report on it.