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Barack Obama announces NSA overhaul

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Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington, 17 January, 2014
Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington, 17 January, 2014 Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Barack Obama has announced a major overhaul of the National Security Agency's phone data collection program. In a televised speech, Obama said he will require intelligence agencies to get permission from a secret court before tapping into a vast storehouse of telephone records. The scope of individual searches has also been scaled back. RFI discusses the overhaul's impact with Stephen Vladeck, a constitutional law expert in Washington.

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