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Obama confirms plan to stop bulk phone data collection

White House says court orders to be required

27 March, 15:57
Obama confirms plan to stop bulk phone data collection (ANSA) - New York, March 27 - US President Barack Obama ordered the first step in a transition to terminate the bulk collection and preservation of telephone data of US citizens, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

In a speech made to the Department of Justice, Obama said at the end of program transition, data will remain with only telephone companies for the period currently foreseen by current rules, and not transferred to intelligence, the White House statement read. US intelligence investigators will be able obtain data required in the future through individual court orders obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

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