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Anti-NSA bill dies in the Senate. Here's what that means for your privacy

Anti-NSA bill dies in the Senate. Here's what that means for your privacy
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Congress won't be limiting NSA spying after all. Just last week, it looked like the Senate was ready to pass a bill to rein in the NSA and FBI domestic spying programs. The USA Freedom Act had unique bipartisan support in the Senate, and a different version had already passed in the House of Representatives, but that wasn't enough. Now, the bill is officially dead.

The bill wouldn't have gotten rid of NSA and FBI spying altogether, but it would have been an important step to secure the privacy of American citizens. The USA Freedom Act would have banned the bulk collection of domestic phone records, including telephone numbers of people involved in the call, the date of the call and how long the call lasted. It would have still allowed the NSA to monitor suspected terrorists.

So, is The USA Freedom Act gone for good? Not quite. A new version of the bill could still come up again in the next Congress.

[Senator Patrick] Leahy, defiantly, vowed to keep up the fight. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, just now, pledged, “those who value civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution will not rest until there is true reform that ends this unnecessary overreach.”

Even though the bill didn't pass, there are some other big decisions coming up that could affect the future of NSA spying.

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