The National Security Agency (NSA) has been given the green light when it comes to collecting telephone metadata after an Appeals Court decided to overrule the original judge. This information came to us from The Hosting News in their article, “NSA Given Permission by Appeals Court to Continue Collecting Metadata.”

This comes two and a half years after Edward Snowden’s revelations. However things do not go back as was. No longer will the NSA rely on the Patriot Act’s Section 215 to collect all phone records. Instead it will have to contact telecommunications companies holding the data for them. Unlike general warrants leaked by the former NSA contractor, the new program only allows the NSA to collect records from telecoms when a “specific selection term” pertaining to limited data is outlined in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) warrant, which will limit investigations of the metadata to six months.

Throughout all of this metadata has gotten a bad reputation. However we rely on properly applied metadata to search at the speed we need to find the data we seek. However, if you don’t have the data properly indexed against a solid taxonomy to begin with, searching with speed will not get you very far.

A strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.