Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015

White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

Published on Mar 26, 2014 4:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure a public outraged by revelations about widespread surveillance.

The plan would keep the data outside of government while allowing access for national security reasons, officials said.

Key US lawmakers welcomed the proposal, and one group put forward reform legislation along the same lines, with bipartisan support.

President Barack Obama - in The Hague for a nuclear security summit - called the White House plan "workable" and said it would protect privacy rights as well as national security.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!