Reigning In the NSA

By NBC News

Published 12/19 2013 08:29AM

Updated 12/19 2013 10:00AM

 How and when the government can collect information about Americans' phone calls could be about to change.

An advisory panel appointed by the President is recommending new limits on government surveillance programs.

This report, ordered after leaks by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, calls for sweeping changes to the way the government insures national security.

The advisory panel would end the NSA's ability to store massive telephone records or access them without getting a court order.

Instead, storage would be left up to the phone companies themselves.

The report also recommends allowing tech companies to reveal publicly what they've been forced to provide.

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