(NBC News) President Barack Obama ordered changes to intelligence-gathering practices that would prevent the government from storing broad collections of phone and electronic communication data.
The president advocated that those records be stored by a third party but did not offer specifics about where they would be kept.
He also proposed a new level of judicial approval for government access to those records.
If adopted, the proposals represent a step back from the government's claims to wide latitude in maintaining national security.
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