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Pres. Obama tells nation NSA phone surveillance program overhaul soon

President Obama promises an overhaul of the NSA phone surveillance program, though many doubt much will change behind-the-scenes.

Published Fri, Jan 17 2014 1:34 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

President Barack Obama announced an overhaul of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone surveillance program following classified data leaks by former IT analyst Edward Snowden.

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"Let us chart a way forward that secures the life of our nation, while preserving the liberties that make our nation worth fighting for," Obama said during his Friday morning press conference. "The United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security ... unless there is a compelling national security purpose, we will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies."

Obama's administration has endured a tremendous amount of criticism following NSA data leaks, courtesy of Snowden's disclosure last year. Even with a promised overhaul, many Internet users - and foreign government leaders - expect continued distrust from regular Internet users. Furthermore, Obama's promise of not spying on "close friends and allies" only applies to "dozens" of foreign leaders and high-ranking government officials.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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