Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., backed the Obama plan, saying “there have already been abuses” in use of the data by the government. He noted that phone companies already collect the information and would not be likely to use it to invade customer’s privacy.
“They’re not going to use this data in ways that breaks faith with their customers,” he said.
Obama gave the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence until March 28 to decide who would hold the telephone data. He left unanswered the question of whether the government would continue to collect the data if no solution is found. Officials said that issue had not yet been decided.