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Reuters: Obama will prevent NSA from looking at phone records without a legal reason

Sharif Sakr

Barack Obama is due to give a important speech about the NSA today, but Reuters claims to have had an early heads-up about what the US president will propose. The news agency believes he will announce measures that will prevent the NSA from automatically querying its vast database of private telephone records without a "judicial finding" to support each query. It's also expected that Obama will change the way the government holds "bulk telephone metadata" in general -- a practice initially revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden -- but it's too early to say exactly how far he'll go against the wishes of the Senate and House Intelligence committees, which have both called for existing data collection practices to carry on in the name of fighting terrorism. In any case, we'll be covering the President's speech in detail when it happens at 11am ET.

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