2014-01-19T204822Z_1_CBREA0I1LT200_RTROPTP_2_USA-SECURITY-OBAMA

Key U.S. senator objects to part of Obama spy data plan

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in WashingtonThe head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee objected on Sunday to President Barack Obama’s proposal for the government to give up control of the storage of the telephone records of millions of Americans it holds as part of its counterterrorism efforts. Obama on Friday announced an overhaul of U.S. surveillance activities following criticism sparked by the disclosure of leaked documents exposing the wide reach of National Security Agency spy efforts. Obama said the government will not hold the bulk telephone records. A presidential advisory panel had recommended that the data be controlled by a third party such as telephone companies, but Obama did not propose who should store the phone information in the future.

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