Obama: US must ‘win back the trust of ordinary citizens’ over data collection

Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday that the US plans to end the National Security Agency’s systematic collection of Americans’ telephone data, admitting that trust in country’s intelligence services had been shaken and pledging to address the concerns of privacy advocates.Under plans to be put forward by the Obama administration in the next few days, the NSA would end the so-called bulk collection of telephone records, and instead would be required to seek a new kind of court order to search data held by telecommunications companies.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/obama-us-nsa-data-collection-trustAlso see:Obama says U.S. needs to win back trust after NSA spying
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were not snooping on ordinary citizens but admitted it would take time to win back the trust of European governments and people after revelations of extensive U.S. surveillance.Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the sweep of the National Security Agency’s monitoring activities triggered a national debate over privacy rights but also damaged relations with some European governments.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/26/usa-security-obama-idINDEEA2O02920140326Obama Says N.S.A. Curbs Would Address Worries
President Obama on Tuesday publicly endorsed a plan that Justice Department and intelligence officials have developed for a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Agency’s phone call records program, saying that he believed it would resolve privacy concerns without compromising the program’s utility as a counterterrorism tool.”They have presented me now with an option that I think is workable,” Mr. Obama said, adding, “I’m confident that it allows us to do what is necessary in order to deal with the dangers of a terrorist attack, but does so in a way that addresses some of the concerns that people had raised.”

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