Obama to propose legislation to end NSA’s bulk phone record collection

The New York Times reports that President Obama will soon detail a legislative proposal that will “drastically overhaul” the program that saw the National Security Agency collecting bulk phone call records of private citizens. The proposal will see the data remaining in the hands of phone companies — who would not be required to hold on to the data longer than they usually would — and kept away from the NSA unless the agency had proof a specific call had links to terrorism.

At present, the NSA can retain phone data for five years. The New York Times says Obama’s administration will renew that program for “at least one more 90-day cycle,” but plans to halt it and replace it with the new scheme soon afterwards. Under the new plan, the…

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