When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.
This has some legal experts worried, but like almost every other aspect of a Trump presidency, there are more questions than clarity over what he plans to do.
Over the course of his presidential campaign, Trump has only offered snapshots on his views about U.S. privacy matters, but they suggest a pro-government surveillance stance.
For instance, Trump showed support for the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection, which ended last year. “I err on the side of security,” he said at the time. And on Apple’s refusal to provide the FBI access to an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter: the public should boycott the company until it complies, he said.