By Mario Trujillo - 01/17/14 01:05 PM EST
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday he might be more concerned if a private entity controlled the vast database of phone records currently maintained by the National Security Agency.
“I’m not sure if I am more or less concerned with having a private entity,” he said on CNN immediately following Obama’s speech. “Who are we going to hire, [Edward] Snowden’s contractor to hold all the information? I don’t want them collecting the information. It is not about who holds it.”
Snowden’s leak of information while working for NSA contractor Booz Allen led the revelations of the program and the ensuing debate.
The Kentucky senator is one of the most vocal critics of the NSA program and has launched a lawsuit against the bulk collection program.
In one of his largest recommendations, Obama argued for the government to give up his database that holds millions of Americans phone metadata — which includes call times, lengths and durations. However, He did not outline a specific proposal on where to store the information, either with telephone companies or a third party.