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Foreign leaders welcome Obama's NSA reforms

Foreign leaders have welcomed US President Barack Obama's announcement on plans to curb the National Security Authority's powers. US agencies will only use bulk collection of data to fight terrorism, protect troops and allies, and combat crime.

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Bulk data storage by NSA has 'potential of abuse'

Bulk data storage allows for the "potential of abuse", President Obama has said, as he announced plans to curb the National Security Agency's authority.

"While few doubt the legitimacy of spying on hostile states, individuals acting on their own is a new threat," Mr Obama said.

"These signals intelligence efforts have prevented multiple attacks and saved innocent lives, not just in the United States but around the globe. But the risk of government overreach has also become more pronounced".

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