The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has laid out a roadmap for restricting access to, and eventually deleting, years’ worth of telephone records collected under the Patriot Act. In a statement today, the office addressed questions about how intelligence agencies will transition into the new, reformed surveillance framework, which was signed into law last month.

While the USA Freedom Act bans what’s known as “bulk collection” of phone metadata, the NSA was given a six-month grace period to phase out the old program.

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