There's a bill in front of the Senate right now that could provide some much-needed limits on NSA phone spying to protect your information and privacy.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 provides some protections against phone tapping by narrowing down who the NSA can target and includes reforms for the secret FISA Court that approves those taps. Recently, it came out that the FISA court even approved wiretaps of prominent U.S. citizens!
The House version of USA FREEDOM used murky language around the phrase “specific selection term,” in particular, raising concerns that a “specific selection term” could include an entire zip code or other similarly broad terms. For purposes of collection of call detail records where there is reasonable suspicion, the Senate version continues to use the definition that a specific selection term is an “individual, account, or personal device.” However, for any other purpose, the term must narrowly limit the scope of a request for information, and cannot include a broad geographic region or an entire electronic communications service provider.