U.S. intelligence chief discusses NSA oversight changes with Obama administration

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says the top U.S. intelligence official has discussed potential changes to National Security Agency programs with the advisory panel recommending the changes.

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper met Tuesday with the five-member panel of intelligence and legal experts tapped by President Barack Obama. The group developed 46 tough oversight recommendations and Obama is weighing which to implement.

Among the proposals discussed in Tuesday’s meetings was ending the NSA’s massive collection of telephone data. Instead, phone companies or a third party could store the data.

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Clapper’s office says the group also discussed the NSA’s weakening of commercially-used secure encryption standards. Another topic was a proposal to require greater judicial oversight for so-called national security letters that authorities use to seize financial and phone records.

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