NSA ends bulk collection of cell phone data

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The National Security Agency is ending its bulk collection of cell phone metadata Sunday.

The controversial program began in the wake of 9/11 under George W. Bush.

The program was hidden from the public until 2013 when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing its existence.

Under the program, the NSA accessed when calls happened, what numbers were called, and how long the calls lasted.

In June, President Obama signed a measure that called for the end of the bulk collection.

Now, the NSA has to get a warrant or a court order to collect cell phone metadata from telecommunications companies.