Whites House Clamping Down on NSA Surveillance

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What most Americans consider a huge invasion of privacy may soon disappear if an Obama administration panel suggestions are carried out.

The panel's report was released Wednesday. It would change and limit the National Security Agency's data collection - including how it currently collects the phone records of Americans.

Administration officials said a five-person task force made several proposals, including terminating the NSA's ability to store telephone data.

They suggested the information be held by the phone companies or a third party, adding that the data should only be accessible with an order from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
 
"With regard to the bulk metadata of phone calls, we think there should be judicial review before that information is accessed and we don't think the government should retain it," Richard Clarke, a member of the five-person panel, said.

The panel also recommended setting limits on how much data the NSA can acquire and how long it can keep it.

And the task force wants annual reports sent to the White House on any spying activity involving foreign leaders.

Officials say though President Barack Obama ordered the submission of recommendations, he is not obligated to accept the proposals.
 
The president is conducting an internal review of the controversial surveillance programs and plans to announce his decisions in January, according to the Associate Press.

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