While some committee members questioned the panel's recommendations, other senators defended them.
U.S. residents should have a reasonable expectation that their digital records are private, said Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican.
Many of the rules for the NSA's phone records program are internal operating procedures, Lee said. "What is a policy, which may be followed religiously, could change tomorrow," he said. "We've seen this movie before. We know how it ends. We know that eventually, if that much information remains in the hands of government for that long, it will eventually be abused."
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