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President to lay out blueprint for NSA policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama will lay out his new blueprint for the National Security Agency Friday.

CBS News has learned the president plans to keep most existing surveillance programs in place.         

White House sources say the president will allow the NSA to keep data it collects, even though a review panel recommended it be stored with private companies.

Government surveillance programs came under widespread criticism after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the sweeping extent of the practices.

In response the president is expected to call for a privacy advocate to help oversee which data records of foreign nationals and suspected terrorists are looked at.

"The question is how to avoid that potential abuse and one of the ways we decided it to take it out of the hands of government," said Geoffery Stone of the NSA Review Panel.

As for spying overseas, the Obama administration is expected to require approval from a senior NSA official before anyone listens in on a phone call from a foreign head of state.