The NSA may end its controversial phone data surveillance program

The National Security Agency may shut down a controversial program that vacuums up hundreds of millions of call and text message records.

A senior Republican aide who appeared on a Lawfare blog podcast said the Trump administration had let the program stagnate in recent months and was considering ending it altogether. The comments were first noted by The New York Times.

The program, which was disclosed by Edward Snowden, became a focus of privacy activist ire after it was revealed. Under the system, the NSA can obtain call log data not only on foreign surveillance targets, but also on Americans. Intelligence officials have repeatedly said that the work is crucial to national security, but…

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