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Obama gives Britain's Cameron sneak peek of surveillance reforms

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President Obama will lay out for the nation Friday changes to U.S. surveillance and data-collection programs, but British Prime Minister David Cameron may have gotten a hint of what’s to come.

The two leaders spoke on the phone Thursday afternoon, with the White House saying that Mr. Obama “updated the prime minister on the ongoing U.S. signals intelligence review and both leaders noted the intensive dialogue that the United States and United Kingdom have had on these issues, at all levels.”

Quoting British officials, the U.K. television network ITV reported that “the president updated the prime minister on the U.S. signals intelligence review ahead of setting out tomorrow his administration’s response to the review.”

Mr. Obama will address the nation Friday in a long-awaited speech detailing how, if at all, his administration will revamp U.S. surveillance activities. A White House panel last month recommended 46 specific changes in how the National Security Agency and other arms of the federal government gather and store information.

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