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House of Representatives approves NSA reform of bulk data collection

The USA Freedom Act has been passed by the House on the NSA reform
By: Anthony Garreffa | Privacy & Rights News | Posted: May 14, 2015 5:05 am

The House of Representatives has just passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday, something that passed through with votes of 338-88, something that will see the NSA's all-seeing eye of bulk data collection clamped down.




The bill now moves over to the Senate, where it must be approved or a compromise found, by June 1. This is when the provision of the Patriot Act that allows for the NSA to collect Americans' metadata expires. The Senate is expected to vote by May 22, while The White House supports USA Freedom Act, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is against it, and wants to expand Section 215 of the Patriot Act.


This move would allow the NSA to continue collecting bulk data, while companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter along with other big tech companies campaigning in support of the USA Freedom Act as part of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition since late last year.


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