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Phone companies will be the only ones to hold these records unless court ordered to hand them over

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) could see the end of its bulk data collection days with a recent legislative proposal from the White House. 

According to The New York Times, the legislation would allow phone companies to hold onto data about phone calls made to and from Americans, but they wouldn't be required to keep the data longer than typically needed. 

But the phone companies would also have to provide data about the numbers of suspected terrorist's under a court order. This would offer real-time, ongoing data about any new calls made to or from the suspect’s phone number. 

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is tasked with approving each number, and seeing how likely it is that they have ties to a suspected terrorist or terrorist group.

This proposal is still being worked on, but it places strong limitations on the NSA and its access to American's data -- thus ending the bulk collection of data such as phone numbers. 

The proposal also looks to renew the current program for at least one more 90-day cycle.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in January that the White House had until this Friday to come up with ways to end the government’s mass collection of phone data. The president, however, walks a fine line between gaining the trust back of the American people while also ensuring that the NSA and other government agencies can protect the country.

This proposal comes at the same time as a bipartisan bill drafted by the House Intelligence Committee. It aims to end bulk data collection and keep phone records with phone companies as well.

The bill, expected to be introduced today, bans the mass collection of different types of information, including phone call records, Internet activity and location info. 

A big issue for many, though, is that it doesn't call for judicial approval of a specific phone number before a request for data.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the cover on the NSA's surveillance programs earlier last year, which consisted of bulk data collection from sources like phone records, where the government took on a "collect now, filter later" approach. The agency has said that the bulk data collection was meant to identify terrorist threats, but it's been discovered that the data of Americans has been collected without any clear evidence of terrorist links.  

In August, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. It was later revealed that Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords while working at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii last spring. Snowden reportedly told the NSA employees that he needed their passwords in order to do his job, and after downloading secret NSA documents, he leaked the information to the media.
Many top tech leaders, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, have spoken out against the NSA's programs along with civil-liberties advocates, U.S. citizens and even other countries that had the NSA peeping in their window. 

A presidential review panel made 46 recommendations regarding greater restraint on the NSA's surveillance programs in December 2013. 

Source: The New York Times

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Mixed Feelings...
By tng on 3/25/2014 3:19:09 PM , Rating: 5
About prosecuting Snowden...

What he did was wrong, but IMO it needed to be done so there could be some limits put in place on the NSA and the data collection that they do.

RE: Mixed Feelings...
By tayb on 3/25/2014 5:40:03 PM , Rating: 5
Snowden is a whistle blower. He did absolutely nothing wrong and broke no laws while doing nothing wrong. If he were exposing a corrupt corporation he would not have been treated this way. Unfortunately he exposed the dirty secrets of one of the most hypocritical governments on the planet.

RE: Mixed Feelings...
By Ammohunt on 3/26/2014 1:53:26 PM , Rating: 1
Reality Check:
1.Only 10% of the information that Snowden has thought to have stolen is related to "Domestic Spying" the other 90% is military capability.
2. He traveled to China then to Russia both countries have interest in Americas Intelligence gathering machine for less than friendly purposes.
3. recent information releases by Snowden have nothing to do with "Domestic Spying" and everything to do with Military Capability.

At worst he is a traitorous spy at a minimum he is a propaganda tool of Putin designed to publicly tear down Americans Military Hegemony.

RE: Mixed Feelings...
By Totally on 3/27/2014 6:51:24 AM , Rating: 2
Were you privy to such classified information, or did you just pull those numbers out of your superfluous ass?

RE: Mixed Feelings...
By Ammohunt on 3/27/2014 2:33:34 PM , Rating: 2
Clapper later said less than 10 percent of the documents Snowden allegedly took with him overseas has to do with "domestic surveillance."

From article:

By GulWestfale on 3/25/2014 3:18:04 PM , Rating: 3
nice try. all this proposed legislation would do is to offload teh data collecting from the NSA to the phone companies. that would potentially save the taxpayers some money, but let's not kid ourselves: the NSA will still have total access, through secret courts if necessary.
this is a rather pathetic attempt at public relations damage control.

RE: hahahaa
By retrospooty on 3/25/2014 4:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
- Govt get caught with hands in cookie jar
- Govt catches much flak
- Govt proposes legislation to makes it appear hands are out of cookie jar.

Problem solved! /s

RE: hahahaa
By Arsynic on 3/26/2014 12:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
Must be an election year.

RE: hahahaa
By vXv on 3/26/2014 4:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
It wont save any money instead of paying it via taxes people will pay for it via higher prices. The phone companies will sure get the money back that way.

By chµck on 3/25/2014 8:05:22 PM , Rating: 3
I feel like this response is only due the revelation that the NSA was also spying on members of congress. Before that, most congressmen didn't give a crap about what the NSA was doing. The same goes for the CIA.

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