U.S. Official Defends Foreign Data-Harvesting Practices

U.S. intelligence does not conduct mass, indiscriminate harvesting of foreigners' private data, a senior U.S. official has said on the eve of a landmark EU court ruling that will affect thousands of companies including the likes of Facebook. Robert Litt, legal adviser to the Director of National Intelligence, firmly rebutted allegations that a U.S. surveillance program known as Prism, revealed in 2013, allows authorities to hoover up such information on a vast scale.