Snoop On…US unsurprisingly cannot give up on mass surveillance

Posted: 23 May, 2015 in Internet Snooping, US News
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US Senate The US Senate has unsurprisingly blocked a bill that would have ended the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA).The White House has pressed the Senate to back the a bill passed by the House of Representatives – the Freedom Act – which would end bulk collection of domestic phone records. These records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review. The 57-42 Senate vote fell short of the 60-vote threshold.

Another vote held over a two-month extension to the existing programmes – Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act – also failed to reach the threshold. Senators are to meet again on 31 May – a day before the bill is due to expire.

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