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NSA to stop collecting some internet communications

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. on Friday, April 28, 2017, The NSA said it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet for simply mentioning a foreign intelligence target, in a move applauded by privacy advocates. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. on Friday, April 28, 2017, The NSA said it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet for simply mentioning a foreign intelligence target, in a move applauded by privacy advocates. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target.

The move is being applauded by privacy advocates.

The agency says it will now limit such collection to internet communications sent directly to or from a foreign target. The NSA says the change reduces the chance of sweeping up communications of U.S. citizens or others not involved in direct contact with a foreign intelligence target.

Concern over the incidental collection of Americans' communications renewed this year when the Trump administration accused the intelligence community of improperly revealing the names of Americans that came up through incidental collections.

The NSA said Friday its changes were made following an in-house review.