NSA would gain access to cellphone records under Obama plan

The National Security Agency would lose its authority to collect and hold years’ worth of telephone calling records but gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks under an Obama administration proposal aimed at quieting controversy over the spy agency’s data archive.

The plan, which would need congressional approval, would significantly curb what has been the most controversial secret program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Currently, the NSA collects most landline calling records and stores them for five years in a database that it periodically searches using telephone numbers connected to terrorists abroad.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-nsa-cellphone-records-20140325,0,4809178.story#ixzz2x0egBIgLNSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via Google Hangout  SXSW

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