The NSA has created a system that would let people get around its mass surveillance laws and circumvent its massive data collection powers.
The agency is developing a system called Open Source Access Control, or OSAAC, to allow people to make their own requests for data.
The idea is to allow the NSA to get around data collection restrictions and keep the data they collect secret, if they wish, even from government officials who want to inspect it.
Open Source Access Controllers are basically servers that are open to anyone to use and that would make it easier for the NSA and others to collect data on you, like your emails, phone calls and other data.
OSACCs are meant to be used for monitoring your personal communications and other activities, but it’s not clear if they’ll work for all types of communications.
This story was updated at 10:08 a.m. ET.