President Obama to suggest changes to NSA surveillance programs

BY newsdesk  January 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM EDT

The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will give his review of the National Security Agency’s spying programs on Jan. 17. The president is expected to outline the changes he will make to NSA surveillance practices, reports the Associated Press.

Obama was briefed this week by the independent oversight board appointed to review the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. “We wanted to be able to provide input into the decision-making process,” David Medine, who heads the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, told the AP. The task force agreed to preview its key recommendations with the president ahead of its full report, due to be released Jan. 23. Obama is considering more than 40 recommendations, including curbs to U.S. spying on foreign allies and the storage of phone record metadata from millions of Americans. A second task force, the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, announced their 46 recommendations to scale back the scope of government surveillance in December.