NSA phone data control may come to end

Jan 17, 2014 by Julie Pace
In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. Capping a monthslong review, Obama is expected to back modest changes to the government's surveillance network at home and abroad while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place, including the bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will call for stripping the National Security Agency's ability to store phone data from millions of Americans.

The official says Obama will not say who should ultimately hold the data. Instead he will call on the and Congress Friday to consult on where it should be maintained.

A presidential commission has recommended moving the data to the telephone companies or a third party.

The official insisted on anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss the president's decision by name.

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3 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014
Nothing changes other than some added bureaucratic hassle. Data is still being stored, so why even bother? I don't understand why we only use these programs for "anti-terrorism". Wouldn't they be better served catching some of the other millions of criminals that still plague this world? Hey, it might even create jobs.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014
A presidential commission has recommended moving the data to the telephone companies or a third party.

I vote for nobody...it's a very reliable third party.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014
Erm..isn't the COLLECTION and storage part the problem? How is this a 'solution' if you just separate collecting and storing parties - while giving the collecting party full access to the stored data whenever they want to?
And how exactly is stuff more secure with a private company?

And doesn't "ultimatey hold the data" mean that it will first be evaluated anyhow?

How is this any better than what the US has now?
The NSA needs to be stopped from collecting this data. Period. Except in cases where there is a court order based on substantial evidence that such data could lead to abatement of terrorist activities.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014
The collection is only one of the many problems. The fact that they lied about it is right up at the top for me. Pandora's box has been opened. They literally had free reign for years with no major successes to my knowledge. I think a public presentation would be nice, maybe a gotomeeting or something.

The other problem is everyone is doing it, not just the US. The "five eyes" see all, wonder if the leaders are getting a god complex or something. I would guess there's also a bunch of smart hackers out there that are working on it too.

I don't think this can ever be stopped unless everyone gets an encrypted phone. Until then, we might as well use it to our advantage. I'm sure there's a few bankers shaking in their boots about records going back that far.