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Obama Weighs In on NSA Data Collection

President Obama said Friday that he wants to end the NSA's bulk collection of the phone records of Americans.

"I believe we need a new approach," the president said in a wide-ranging speech Friday on national intelligence, after the revelations of mass meta-data collection by the National Security Agency.

"I am therefore ordering a transition that will end the Section 215 bulk meta-data program as it currently exists, and establish a mechanism that preserves the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk meta-data," the president added.

Questions will now center around what rules going forward govern the government's access to this data from the phone companies. What do you think, readers: Will anything actually change with Obama weighing in?

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Carol Wilson 1/18/2014 | 5:26:21 PM
Re: Big (Brother) Data Seven,

Believe me the last thing I would advocate is anything that dampens Internet advertising. 

My point is simply that there is already a ton of digital "spying" on our activity online that happens routinely every day. I see the results of it regularly. 

I don't see the harm in being transparent about that - telling people what is going on. A debate can be had as to whether people should have the right to opt out, and then whether sites such as FB could offer those people a chance to pay for a no-ad version. 

derac7020 1/20/2014 | 12:04:10 PM
Re: Big (Brother) Data Comparing government snooping to commercial 'snooping' is more than ridiculous.   Apple/Google/Yahoo/FB and the myriad of other commercial sites may be tracking what I'm searching or 'liking' or posting but who cares.   Its the way our commercial/consumer driven economy works.   The government, on the other hand, can dramatically alter your life with one misconstrued post or search or phone call.   If those black Suburbans roll up to your house you are in big trouble.   Apple/Google, et al can't do that.   So this is way more than 'creepy' is threatening and completely unnecessary.   
Liz Greenberg 1/20/2014 | 12:50:59 PM
Re: Big (Brother) Data @seven,  I completely agree with you on free services...if you want free email from Google, Microsoft, etc then let it be part of the terms of service.  From Amazon, NO...I am a customer buying things and don't need more creepy ads AFTER I am done.  So we need to make sure everything stays open and available and advertising supports that.  I, of course, block most of the ads and have for years.  When I am ready to buy something, then I search them out on my schedule. As for bandwidth, everybody is already paying for it on both ends so that really does not factor in (UBM pays for it, you pay for it, I pay for it, etc.)
mendyk 1/20/2014 | 2:25:16 PM
Re: Big (Brother) Data We haven't seen this level of collective paranoia about evil big government since the 1970s. People's lives were ruined in the pre-digital era as well, and if we look beyond our own country we can see that what we're potentially dealing with is a lot less malevolent in comparison.
sam masud 1/21/2014 | 10:00:53 AM
Re: Big (Brother) Data Perhaps, but government has certain powers that Google does not, such as coming to your home and arresting you, giving you a traffic ticket, examining your your taxes returns, etc. etc...Besides, Google is looking at your data to see if it can make money--not so the government.
DanJones 1/23/2014 | 4:23:24 PM
Re: Big (Brother) Data The latest govt review on this is much harder than Obama's suggestions:


DanJones 1/27/2014 | 3:42:12 PM
Today's non-shocker NSA can grab user data from mobile apps, says NY Times:

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