Patriot Act Expires, NSA Phone Data Collection Ends
The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether. Though the broader Act has lapsed, the Senate will likely revitalize some portions of the law in the days ahead. A related bill called the USA Freedom Act gained support and the Senate agreed to revisit the proposed legislation this week. The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on May 13 and it already has the support of the White House. The USA Freedom Act limits the NSA's ability to collect phone records in bulk. If or how the Senate amends the USA Freedom Act has yet to be determined.
NSA Ceases Collecting Phone Data in Bulk
Nov 30, 2015
The National Security Agency is no longer sucking in all the data generated by Americans' phone calls. The NSA was required to shut down its surveillance program by the end of the day Nov.
AT&T Key Partner in NSA Spying
Aug 16, 2015
AT&T is being called a "highly collaborative" partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an "extreme willingness to help" spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times. The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government's mass-scale spying efforts two years ago.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
Apr 15, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Court Rules Cell Location Data Fair Game
Apr 15, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals has sided with the government and ruled that law enforcement can gather cell location records without first obtaining a warrant.
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