EFF: Congress Has Opportunity to Stop Mass Surveillance

Since the leaks of NSA surveillance methods began in June, there has been a flurry of activity in Congress, with members scurrying to line up on either side of the issue, either defending the agency’s methods or condemning them. That mad scramble also has included the introduction of a number of bills aimed at curtailing the surveillance, as well as some measures designed to solidify the legal framework used to justify the data collection. Lawyers at the EFF say that while some of the proposed laws are promising, a secret bill being discussed in the House and Senate Intelligence Committees is troubling.The proposed law is being considered in both Intelligence Committees and the details of it are not yet publicly known. However, the EFF, which has consistently criticized the NSA’s mass metadata and Internet data collection, said that it appears the measure would ensure the continued collection of Americans’ records.

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