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House votes to clamp down on NSA phone surveillance, sort of

House overwhelmingly approved a bill to crack down on mass NSA phone surveillance practices
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: May 22, 2014 11:18 pm

The House today clamped down on the National Security Agency's bulk phone surveillance techniques, marking the first time former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures have led to a government change. It's an important step forward, with a 303-121 vote, as politicians on both sides don't want the NSA being able to collect bulk surveillance information on U.S. citizens.

 

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The USA Freedom Act will now go to the Senate, though some are concerned that this is simply a "watered down" version of the bill - and could still allow the government to weasel through loopholes.

 

"This legislation was designed to prohibit bulk collection, but has been made so weak that it fails to adequately protect against mass, untargeted collection of Americans' private information," said Nuala O'Connor, Center for Democracy and Technology president and CEO, in a statement.

NEWS SOURCES:Nytimes.com, Media.salon.com

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