Jan 172014
 January 17, 2014  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Steve Holland and Mark Hosenball report:

President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said.

In an 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone “metadata” program from the way the NSA currently handles it.

Read more on Reuters.  Other news outlets seem to have heard from the same anonymous official.

“Major overhaul?” As along as the government is still engaging in bulk collection of metatdata and text messages, any “overhaul” is not “major” enough in this privacy advocate’s opinion.

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