NSA ends surveillance program

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FT. MEADE, MD – UNDATED: (FILE PHOTO) This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA has been secretly collecting the phone call records of millions of Americans, using data provided by telecom firms AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, the newspaper USA Today reported on May […]

A controversial federal surveillance program appears to have been shut down.

A Republican congressional official says the National Security Agency recently abandoned a surveillance program that relied on bulk data collected from U.S. phone records.

The New York Times first reported on the official’s remarks.

The official says the program needed to be reauthorized at the end of the last year, but the Trump Administration may not extend it.

The program, first authorized in 2015, relied on information such as who was being called or texted, as well as how long the communication was.

The NSA says it did not collect the content of the communication.

The agency admitted last year that the program was dealing with technical issues that led to content being obtained that the NSA did not have the authority to collect.

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