Two members, Rachel L. Brand and Elisebeth Collins Cook, who served in the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration, said that the program should continue, but should be modified to include additional privacy protections.
Reportedly, the panel was unanimous in ten other recommendations regarding the NSA's phone metadata collection program, including deleting raw phone records after three years rather than five and tightening access to the results of queries.
The PCLOB’s recommendation to end the program goes further than that of an Obama administration appointed review panel, which last month said that the NSA database should be moved out of government hands, but that the government should find a way to keep the program going.
That option left open the possibility that a third party holding the data. Last Friday, speaking on the matter, U.S. President Barack Obama recommended just that, among other changes.
Congress made the PCLOB an independent agency in 2007 -- notably, during the Bush administration. It only recently became fully operational.