May 072014
 May 7, 2014  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Spencer Ackerman reports:

Six months after it was written to restrain the National Security Agency’s sweeping domestic surveillance, a privacy bill cleared a major legislative obstacle on Wednesday, even as its advocates worried that the compromises made to advance the bill have weakened its constraints on mass data collection.

The USA Freedom Act, designed to prevent the US government from collecting US phone data in bulk, passed the House Judiciary Committee by a 32 to zero bi-partisan vote, making it the first surveillance reform bill to proceed out of committee and to the House floor.

Read more on The Guardian.  You can find the Washington Post’s coverage here, and EFF’s comments on today’s hearing and the bill here.

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