AP Sources: Task Force Urges Limit On NSA Snooping

US President Barack Obama (4thL) and Vice President Joe Biden (3rd L) meet with executives from leading tech companies at the White House in Washington, DC, December 17, 2013 (AFP, Jim Watson)

US President Barack Obama (4thL) and Vice President Joe Biden (3rd L) meet with executives from leading tech companies at the White House in Washington, DC, December 17, 2013 (AFP, Jim Watson)

WASHINGTON -- A current and a former senior Obama administration official say a White House task force is recommending that telephone records of Americans collected by the National Security Agency be stored by telephone companies or some other third party, rather than by the NSA.

The former official said the task force report - being released by the White House later Wednesday - also recommends raising the bar on how much U.S. data the NSA can acquire and how long it can be kept. The official says the report also calls for new limits to how analysts can use the records, and recommends annual reports to the White House on any spying on foreign leaders.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the report by name.

Obama met with members of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology on Wednesday morning.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The White House says it's releasing a task force report that recommends changes on how the National Security Agency collects intelligence data.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the recommendations will be made public Wednesday, ahead of the schedule the White House had initially set.

Obama met with members of the group, called the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, on Wednesday morning. Carney says the report was being released Wednesday because its contents were being mischaracterized in the news accounts.

BY JULIE PACE AND KIMBERLY DOZIER - Dec 18, 1:52 PM ESTAP

 
 

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