US Senate approves bill to stop NSA bulk phone data collection2015-06-03 09:53 by Daniela
Tags: NSA, surveillance
The US Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will effectively put end to federal government's surveillance of millions of Americans' phone records.
The 67-32 vote for the USA Freedom Act came more than 36 hours after key surveillance programs were suspended Sunday after Congress missed the deadline for reauthorization.
President Obama has already signed the bill into law.
"Glad the Senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act," Obama wrote in a tweet after the vote. "It protects civil liberties and our national security. I'll sign it as soon as I get it."
Under the new law, the U.S. government would stop collecting and storing virtually all of American phone records. Instead, telephone companies will be required to keep the call data. If federal agencies want access to that information they will need a court order on a case-by-case basis.
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