President Barack Obama is expected this week to call for an end to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of phone records through a legislative proposal, The New York Times reports. If approved by Congress, the bill would end the systematic bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and the storage of those records by the NSA. Instead, it would require telecommunications companies to store the data for up to 18 months, and the NSA could obtain specific phone records with judicial permission. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports House Intelligence Committee leaders plan to release a bill overhauling the phone records program. The NSA “vetted” the bill and was okay with it, the report states, noting one telco executive questions whether it goes far enough to protect privacy. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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