New bill ends government access to bulk phone records
Yesterday the US Senate passed a bill that significantly reforms government surveillance policy. Senators voted 67 to 32 to pass the USA Freedom Act, which will end the bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records.
On Sunday, the Patriot Act expired, creating a brief lapse in NSA surveillance capabilities. Now the surveillance tools have been reinstated save the provision that gives the government access to millions of American's phone records whenever and for whatever reason, two years after Edward Snowden leaked NSA's sketchy surveillance methods to The Guardian.