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House of Representatives votes to curb NSA snooping

House of Representatives votes to curb NSA snooping
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Looks like lawmakers are finally trying to do something about NSA spying.

The House of Representatives voted 293 to 123 to limit "backdoor searches" on computers.

We know the NSA has been putting backdoors on routers shipped outside the USA. This will keep the NSA from doing the same thing to routers - or computers or phones - inside our borders. The measure now goes to the Senate.

The measure works like this:

... [I]t would ban the use of federal funds to conduct backdoor searches. In practice, that would make it illegal for the NSA to engage in backdoor searches during the 2015 fiscal year.

The legislation does allow such searches in cases where another court order has authorized surveillance of the American being targeted.

The legislation also effectively bars the NSA or the Central Intelligence Agency from forcing device manufacturers to install technical "backdoors" in their products.

Nobody's sure of the measure's chances in the Senate or with President Obama, who would have to sign it to make it law.

But the vote is significant less because of the details of the amendment but as a barometer of Congressional dissatisfaction with the NSA. The surprisingly strong vote will energize NSA critics and could force the agency to trim its sails.

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Source: Vox
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