The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has reauthorized the NSA program for another 90 days at a request from the government. The order expires on 27 February 2015. However, President Barack Obama announced reforms to the program earlier this year, including a plan to stop NSA from collecting and holding the data from operators in bulk.
Obama instructed that other than in an emergency, phone metadata could only be queried after a judicial finding that there was a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the selection term was linked to an approved international terrorist organization. The two changes to the program have been made since February this year, according to officials.
Last month, the USA Freedom Act ran into difficulties in the Senate, and could not be moved towards a final vote. The setback could delay any NSA reform until next year.