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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

Bill Stewart

The "USA Freedom Act" was a compromise between pro-privacy people who wanted to control the NSA's spying and the pro-spying Congress members - but it was written before the court decision that invalidated most of the NSA's bulk collection, and before the Senate decided not to renew Part 215 of the "USA Patriot Act", so by the time it was passed, it ended up authorizing some data collection that was no longer allowed by earlier laws (which it had been trying to restrict) and got almost nothing in return.

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