Several proposals would require access to consumer databases as well as records from local and state law enforcement and federal financial regulators.
The president’s plan would require a court order to collect information on individual accounts; the lawmakers’ bill would not.
Trying to determine when spy agencies are required to dispose of data is something of a mystery, even to them.
Analyzing fragmented information that doesn’t come neatly packaged is a challenge most other government users of big data can relate to.
Proposals under consideration in several legislatures would limit state interaction with firms assisting warrantless data collection.
Readers weigh in with real-life experience from both sides of the vetting process.
The retiring chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said he was “concerned any change of our current framework will harm both national security and privacy.”
Many of the proposed solutions rely on the use of IT – automation, continuous evaluation and shared data banks between agencies.
In the wake of the Snowden affair, Americans are growing more reluctant to hand over personal information to the government, which hurts legitimate data collection and could drive up costs.
President has still not addressed compromised security standards, cryptographers warn.
The recommendations would represent a more decisive step than reform efforts outlined by the president earlier this week.
Among the background checks performed by USIS were those on intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.