Reauthorization of the NSA telephony metadata program in March 2014

On March 27, 2014, President Obama announced that he had decided that the telephony metadata program should be reformed by replacing the collection and holding of metadata by the government with maintenance of the data by telephone companies for the length of time that they currently held it. The President further proposed that the government access the data under individual orders from the FISC approving the use of specific selectors. Notwithstanding these proposed reforms, the President announced that he had directed the Department of Justice to seek reauthorization of the existing program for another 90 days on March 28, explaining that “[l]egislation will be needed to permit the government to obtain [the telephony metadata] with the speed and in the manner that will be required to make this approach workable.” On March 28, the FISC reauthorized the telephony metadata program until June 20, 2014.

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