Obama Expected To Curb Phone Data Collection In NSA Speech

The President will speak at 11am Friday

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President Barack Obama will address the nation Friday morning in an attempt to restore the public’s trust in the National Security Agency, and will reportedly scale back its ability to store American citizens’ phone data.

A senior White House official told the Associated Press that Obama plans to call on Congress and the intelligence community to come together to decide on new limits for the NSA, and to determine what should be done with the phone data collected from millions of Americans. It is not yet clear what will be done with the data, but a presidential commission has recommended that the data be turned over to telephone companies or a secure third party.

The President is also expected to address the government’s responsibility to balance the constitutional right to privacy with national security concerns.