Government panel urges end to phone data spying

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months is urging President Barack Obama to stop the agency's bulk collection of telephone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records.

The recommendation from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to abandon the NSA's phone surveillance is even more sweeping than a similar proposal from another panel of experts. That panel, the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, advised Obama in December to restrict phone surveillance to limited court-ordered sweeps.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the oversight board's report, which was being released Thursday.

In a speech to the nation last week, Obama said the bulk phone collection program would continue for the time being.

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