Bipartisan bill will stop NSA’s bulk phone call data collection, but it might not go far enough

A Bipartisan step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go!

Following Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA collecting massive amounts of data about phone calls flowing through several companies, President Obama announced limitations on the use of that data in January and said more reforms would follow. Now, the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Washington Post report a bipartisan bill is about to be unveiled that makes several large changes to the NSA’s controversial bulk collection of phone call metadata. A bill that will be unveiled tomorrow in the House of Representatives by Mike Rogers (R-MI) and “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) will instead see phone companies store the data only as long as they normally would (18 months or so, under other federal regulations). If the NSA suspects a terrorism link, it can make requests for information from specific phone numbers, and related records up to two hops away.
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