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President Barack Obama says he wants Congress to adopt legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata, a surveillance initiative exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. As it currently operates, the NSA’s collection program gathers and stores the metadata of every call made to and from the United States.
President Obama’s plan, proposed by a presidential panel he commissioned, would prevent the government from tapping into the trillions of records for political or other purposes. Under the plan, the NSA would be required to get authorization from a secret court before demanding that telecoms hand over calling metadata of specified terror targets and their associated contacts.
“I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk,” Obama said. “Instead, the data should remain at the telephone companies for the length of time it currently does today.”
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