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Five big takeaways from Obama’s NSA speech

Here are the major changes in U.S. policy on conducting surveillance both at home and abroad that Obama is proposing.

1) Obama has declared that U.S. spy agencies will no longer hold Americans’ phone records. As a result, the surveillance program that became the biggest Edward Snowden-related controversy will come to an end, at least as it is constructed now. This major shift will take months if not more to accomplish. In the meantime, President Obama is imposing new limits on the government’s ability to access such data.