Did they ever?
When there's money to be made running an oligopoly little things like laws rarely seem to get in the way.
Security firms looking to share research data with their peers need not fear the US Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice any more. The FTC and DOJ issued a joint policy statement on Thursday assuring the security community that they will not pursue antitrust cases against companies that share their security …
"while critics charge that the law will further enable the NSA to gather personal information on citizens en masse for its oft-criticized domestic and international surveillance programs."
It's hard to see how any legislation will further enable the NSA (et al) to gather personal information.
Even here in the bohemian UK the authorities already have enough legislation to kick down your front door at 3AM, frog march you out into the street stark naked at gunpoint, and incarcerate anyone who objects for indefinite periods without a public hearing or trial.
Besides, they ignore the legislation and oversight requirements when it suits them anyway...
Presumably the point of the legislation is to allow NSA figureheads to claim that they haven't broken any laws should they face a disciplinary hearing at their golf club.
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