(USA TODAY) - While traveling in Europe and Saudi Arabia, President Obama faces a self-imposed deadline Friday on developing new rules that would end bulk data collection by the National Security Agency.
Obama called for new rules in a January speech, and gave aides until March 28 -- Friday -- to develop legislation to end the NSA's ability to sweep up and store all kinds of telephone records. The records would instead be held by private phone companies.
The Obama administration is likely to address new legislation during the president's trip this week.
The New York Times reports that, under legislation being developed, "the bulk records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only with permission from a judge, using a new kind of court order."
Any changes would require congressional approval, and lawmakers are coming up with their own ideas.
The House Intelligence Committee is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday that would also end bulk data collection by the NSA, and keep records at phone companies.
The House bill, however, would not require a judge's permission before the government seeks specific records from the phone companies during counter-terrorism investigations. The House plan would make judicial review retroactive.
The Washington Post reports that the House plan "would have the court make that determination 'promptly' after the FBI submits a number to a phone company. If the court did not approve the number as being linked to an agent of a foreign power, including terrorist groups, the data collected would be expunged."