I'm not sure she actually wants to do this because it is the right thing to do, or if there has been such an uproar that it's just political face-saving. hotair.com:
The Obama administration got an unpleasant surprise from yesterday’s open hearing looking into the actions of the NSA and its surveillance operations, and from one of its closest allies. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had defended the NSA’s operations as crucial and law-abiding, but reversed course yesterday. Feinstein announced new legislation that would restrict access to phone records, searches, and require more oversight over NSA operations in the future:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a longtime defender of the National Security Agency, unveiled plans Thursday for legislation designed to rein in some aspects of the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs.
At a rare open hearing of the intelligence panel, Feinstein said her legislation would limit the NSA’s access to the so-called metadata it collects on Americans’ cell phone usage and would seek to codify the legal standard under which such data could be searched by NSA workers.