Responding to widespread criticism, US President Barack Obama proposed last year that the NSA stop collecting the records, but instead request them when needed in terrorism investigations from telephone companies, which tend to keep them for 18 months. Photo: Reuters

NSA considered ditching tracking Americans’ phone records before Snowden revelations

NSA officials were weighing costs before Snowden revealed secret programme

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Responding to widespread criticism, US President Barack Obama proposed last year that the NSA stop collecting the records, but instead request them when needed in terrorism investigations from telephone companies, which tend to keep them for 18 months. Photo: Reuters
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