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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:25 pm

MSN.com:

The White House released a report containing 46 recommendations to reform government monitoring of online and telecommunications for the purposes of national security.

A new report released Wednesday by President Barack Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies calls for changes to some government security practices to enhance personal security. Among the key recommendations was that the government end storage of so-called "meta-data" of phone and email communications and instead provide for private storage of that information "for the government to query when necessary for national security purposes."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tells reporters that the Obama administration will release an intelligence gathering review on Wednesday. Carney also indicated that President Barack Obama will deliver remarks about the report at some point in January.

Obama is expected to speak on the report, and enact some of its recommendations either in part or in whole, in January.

"The president again stated his expectation that, in light of new technologies, the United States use its intelligence collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security while supporting our foreign policy, respecting privacy and civil liberties, maintaining the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure," the White House said in a readout of the president's meeting with members of his review board on Wednesday.

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