Obama pledges greater transparency in surveillance programmes
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to limit sweeping government surveillance programmes that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the US "can and must be more transparent".
"Given the history of abuse by governments, it's right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives," Mr Obama told a news conference at the White House.
Saying that it was important to strike the right balance between security and civil liberties, Mr Obama vowed to improve oversight of surveillance and restore public trust in the government's programmes.
"It's not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programmes. The American people need to have confidence in them, as well," Mr Obama said, adding that he was confident the programmes were not being abused.