Last month, President Barack Obama ordered changes to the way that bulk telephony metadata is stored—specifically, he said that the National Security Agency should no longer be the custodian of that data. He called for either the private sector or another non-governmental third party to hold it. Further, he ordered that searches of that data must be limited to two hops from a person of interest rather than three.
In other words, no change in the actual practice of ubiquitous surveillance. Not that I expected anything from Barack Obama, given that the alphabet boys can probably fill in all those interesting blank areas in Obama’s personal history.