President Obama is ordering the National Security Agency to change the way it does business.
The NSA will still collect Americans phone data to search for terrorist threats but the president says the agency will now need a judge's approval to access it.
And he no longer wants the NSA to store the information.
He's asking the intelligence community and the attorney general to figure out who should.
Telecommunication companies have already said they don't want to store the data.
The president's changes come after months of debate over how the NSA gathers intelligence and Americans’ privacy.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the agency's secret phone data operation last summer.
That eventually led to review panel recommending the president make 46 changes.
But some in the intelligence community are concerned about compromising national security.
"A lot of the criticism you'll see about the changes to come is whether or not we are inadvertently blinding ourselves and slowing our ability to ferret out networks and plots that could threaten the united states."
There could be even more changes ahead the president is directing an yearly review of us intelligence capabilities weighing the costs and benefits.