US Senate approves modified spionagewet




Members of the US Senate have Tuesday night Dutch time agreed to an extension of the collection of phone data. President Barack Obama must still approve the law – and will do so as expected.

The law called the Freedom Act and will replace the famous Patriot Act. The new law allows the US government to continue to collect phone data under custom rules. Senate members voted according to US media, a large majority for an extension 67 to 32 members.

The decision is somewhat remarkable. The Patriot Act came namely nationally and internationally under fire when whistleblower Edward Snowden gave insight into the extent of the spying by the NSA. The Senate even came into an impasse, after the members of the deadline of 1 June not picked . This while the House of Representatives Freedom Act be approved.

With the adoption of the Freedom Act may, if Obama eventually agree, the US government telephone data continue to collect until 2019. However, the Intelligence Surveillance Act Court must in future judgments or searches in the data collection of US telecoms data relevant to combating terrorism.

In addition, the bulk data from the drop in telecom companies would be saved. The companies have to inform the government once the deadline for storage of the data is reduced to less than eighteen months, so do the New York Times.

Another part that was previously not extended by the House of Representatives, relates to the ‘hop’ of taper changes as a suspect device. The last part was not adopted went on to draw so-called “lone wolves” who have no links to terrorist activities.


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