That's not going to go down well at the NSA, but it's no surprise to me that there's a movement to curtail the wholesale data trawling.
The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.
Under the proposal, they said, the N.S.A. would end its systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits. The bulk records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only with permission from a judge, using a new kind of court order.U.S. President Preparing For End to N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Collection [nytimes.com]
It’s interesting to note that the President has unilaterally changed the law and/or the way law is adhered to, including, but not limited to, laws like DOMA, illegal immigration, and his own signature law, Obamacare. He never bothered sending legislation over to Congress. Why is he bothering this time? He’s the POTUS. He could simply tell the NSA to Stop It! Why the legislation now?
[edited by: lawman at 1:34 pm (utc) on Mar 25, 2014]