Obama NSA phone metadata reform marks “turning point”, says Snowden

Gigaom

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given a cautious welcome to a reported plan by Barack Obama’s administration to stop the agency collecting Americans’ phone records en masse.

The plan is yet to be formally announced and detailed, but reports in the last day or two point to a scenario where telecoms carriers will hold metadata on calls – descriptive data on who called whom and when, rather than the contents of calls – and the NSA will have to get a court order to search that archive for someone’s metadata.

“I am confident that it allows us to do what is necessary in order to deal the threat of a terrorist attack, but does so in a way that addresses people’s concerns,” Obama said at a news conference in The Hague in the Netherlands.

Who holds the key?

Obama said back in January that he was considering taking U.S…

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