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NSA winds down phone record collecting

By Agencies in Washington ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-05-25 07:29:07

The US National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of US phone records.

The move came after the Senate failed to agree on a way forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

Barring an eleventh-hour compromise when the Senate returned to session on Sunday, a much-debated provision of the counterterrorism Patriot Act - and some other lesser known surveillance tools - were due to end.

NSA winds down phone record collecting

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