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Washington conundrum: Where to stockpile mountains of NSA data?

Published on Jan 20, 2014 7:02 AM
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Member of the protest group, Code Pink, Cayman Macdonald protests against U.S. President Barack Obama and the NSA before his arrival at the Department of Justice in Washington, on Jan 17, 2014. Figuring out where to house mountains of data collected by the National Security Agency is the thorniest challenge the US faces in curtailing its massive surveillance programme, officials said on Sunday, Jan 20, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Figuring out where to house mountains of data collected by the National Security Agency is the thorniest challenge the US faces in curtailing its massive surveillance programme, officials said on Sunday, Jan 20, 2014.

In a long-awaited speech designed to quell a furore over the programs exposed by fugitive contractor Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama said he was trimming the reach of massive NSA phone surveillance.

He also vowed to halt spy taps on friendly world leaders and proposed new shields for foreigners caught in US data sweeps.

"I believe we need a new approach," Mr Obama said on Friday in announcing changes to how and by whom bulk phone data is kept - including details about the time, duration and specific phone numbers dialled during calls.

 
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