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Obama to propose curbing NSA bulk collection of phone records: Report

Published on Mar 25, 2014 11:15 AM
A civil liberties activist protesting in Washington in January 2014.  Under Mr Obama's legislative proposal, the government would no longer systematically collect and store records of phone-call data -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House is preparing a proposal that would curb the bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing administration officials.

US President Barack Obama in January outlined a series of limited reforms to NSA data-gathering, banning eavesdropping on the leaders of friendly or allied nations and proposing some changes to how NSA treats Americans' phone data.

The most sweeping programme, collection of telephone "metadata," comes up for reauthorisation on Friday.

Mr Obama had asked Attorney General Eric Holder and the US intelligence community to report back to him before that deadline on how to preserve the necessary capabilities of the programme, without the government holding the metadata.

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