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US officials offer few concessions on NSA spying

The US government is open to some changes to how it conducts its phone and Internet surveillance programs as long as they do not undermine the programs' effectiveness, US officials told a privacy oversight board on Monday.

 

How exactly the US phone and online data-gathering programs could strike such a balance - helping thwart terrorist plots while also protecting Americans' privacy - is under review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. (Reuters)