cold fjord writes: The Washington Post reports, "The National Security Agency has been exploring options for relinquishing its massive database of telephone records
... The agency was expected to deliver to the White House this week some proposals for storing the data outside of government hands — a goal President Obama announced in January to ease concerns about potential NSA abuse ... “At the end of the day, this is going to be a policy decision, with legal implementation,” said NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett in a recent interview, noting that the NSA does not make policy or law. “But what we’re doing, along with the [FBI], is advising on the parameters that would make the program valuable.” ... “This program,” Ledgett said, “has to be useful to the FBI.” The NSA collects data on phone calls, but not actual call content ... Earlier this month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence solicited ideas from industry ... Obama directed the director of national intelligence and the attorney general to develop options by March 28." — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has recently stated that it would have been better if the government had been up front and open with the American people about the metadata program.