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Obama announces changes to NSA data collection

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President Barack Obama ordered changes to intelligence-gathering practices that would prevent the government from storing broad collections of phone and electronic communication data.

The president advocated that those records be stored by a third party but did not offer specifics about where they would be kept.

He also proposed a new level of judicial approval for government access to those records.

If adopted, the proposals represent a step back from the government’s claims to wide latitude in maintaining national security.