A revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act, introduced today by Sen. Patrick Leahy, would prohibit bulk collection of Americans' business records and increase transparency and accountability in surveillance.
The NSA and FBI monitored the e-mails of prominent Muslim American leaders and attorneys, according to documents revealed by Edward Snowden, including the head of the largest American Muslim civil rights group.
In a report on the collection of electronic communications under Section 702 of FISA Amendments Act, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board gave short shrift to concerns about the potential for abuse of this massive collection program.
In a victory for Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that police may not search the digital contents of cell phones seized from individuals who have been arrested unless they obtain a warrant.
Today, the House voted 303-121 to pass a heavily revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act. If the Senate wants to pursue meaningful NSA reform, it must restore the protections that were stripped out on the House side.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a weakened NSA reform bill this week after House leadership acquiesced to pressure from the administration and watered down transparency provisions among others.
Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved an NSA reform bill that could break the logjam between USA FREEDOM Act and the rival intelligence committee bills in both the House and Senate.