Obama: Net surveillance worth it to prevent terrorism

President Obama sought to allay fears over recent claims about the scale of phone and Internet monitoring
President Obama sought to allay fears over recent claims about the scale of phone and Internet monitoring Credit: Reuters

President Obama said today that the "modest encroachments on privacy" involved in intelligence agencies monitoring phone calls and Internet activity were worth it because they help "prevent terrorist attacks".

He added that the monitoring of Internet activity "does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living in United States".

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