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House approves USA Freedom Act amendment, showing serious reform goals

The NSA got away with spying on U.S. citizens, but its infrastructure is now being legally challenged, with changes in the works.

Published Thu, May 8 2014 4:41 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has voted 32-0 in approval of a modified version of the USA Freedom Act, requiring the National Security Agency (NSA) to receive approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before seizing phone records. The bill will now have to be approved by the House floor, and would help clamp down on ulk phone collection programs.

House approves USA Freedom Act amendment, showing serious reform goals | TweakTown.com

Despite political efforts to ensure the NSA - or any other U.S. government agency - is able to illegally collect data on citizens, privacy experts warn more legislation in the future will be needed.

The EFF had this to say: "The new version of the USA FREEDOM ACT is a strong first step to undoing the damage of the government's tortured interpretation of the PATRIOT ACT. The Judiciary Committee should be commended for moving the conversation on reforming the NSA's activities forward. We urge Congress to support this bill and to support additional privacy protections to address outstanding issues, whether through amendments or other legislative vehicles."

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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