Obama to overhaul NSA snoop programme

Written by Reuters | Updated: Jan 18 2014, 08:00am hrs
President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency (NSA) programme that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said. In an 11 am (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone metadata programme from the way the NSA currently handles it. In a nod to privacy advocates, the American president will say he has decided that the government should not hold the bulk telephone metadata, a decision that could frustrate some intelligence officials.