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President Barack Obama will deliver a long-anticipated speech detailing reforms to the National Security Agency and surveillence tactics next Friday.
White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that Obama would deliver the speech, which had been slated for sometime this month, next Friday, at a to-be-determined venue.
Obama's speech is expected to detail a series of reforms to surveillance and data collection practices based on the recommendations of a task force. That group delivered its report last month, which included 46 recommendations for changes to the way the government collects intelligence. Among the most significant reforms were ending the government collection of so-called "meta-data," the overhaul of the National Security Agency's management and safeguards for individual privacy.
The reforms were prompted by a series of revelations last year about the breadth and scope of government surveillance practices, some of which are employed domestically. Some of the most controversial practices came to light after former contractor Edward Snowden arranged their release.