President Obama announces surveillance reforms: key points for businesses

By Aravind Swaminathan, Jim Halpert and Michelle J Anderson

In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, US president Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information. These changes will quickly affect many companies, both in the US and globally. In this alert, we identify some of the most significant changes found in the reforms announced by the president last week.

Obama’s announcement comes in the wake of highly publicised intelligence leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, as well as a December 2013 report from the president’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, which proposed more than 40 changes to how the US government collects, stores, uses and retains signals intelligence.

Focusing on the need to balance transparency regarding government surveillance with the need for a strong counter-intelligence programme that can effectively protect US interests, the president directed intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice to implement the following changes to its signals intelligence programmes…

If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.

Sign in or Register to continue reading this article

Sign in


It's quick, easy and free!

It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.

Register now

Why register to The Lawyer


Industry insight

In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.


Market intelligence

Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.


Email newsletters

Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.

More relevant to you

To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.

Briefings from DLA Piper

View more briefings from DLA Piper

Analysis from The Lawyer

View more analysis from The Lawyer


3 Noble Street

Turnover (£m): 1,566.29
No. of lawyers: 3,961 (UK 200)
Jurisdiction: global
No. of offices: more than 75
No. of qualified lawyers: 542 (International 50)
No. of partners: 142.6