Interesting news out of Washington, yesterday President Barack Obama presented a new plan to end US government bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records in which the National Security Agency (NSA) had previously engaged. During the official unveiling of his new plan, President Obama stated “I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk.”
The new plan, will require telephone companies to hold data for the same length of time they currently do, while allowing government agencies to access it with court approval only except in emergency situations. In order to gain court approval, the government will have to base the request on specific telephone numbers based on national security concern.
Congress will have to approve President´s Obama new plan which still allows the government to conduct surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks, but now includes changes that address the public’s privacy concerns.