Court documents indicate that the National Security Agency breached privacy rules between 2006 and 2009 in conducting phone-record database searches that did not meet the reasonable-suspicion standard. The intelligence agency says the activity was not deliberate and was due to a lack of technical knowledge of the record system in use. Separately, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is denying that the NSA went around its encryption algorithms in an effort to lock down electronic communications.

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