At midnight on June 1, 2015, key parts of the USA PATRIOT Act—including Section 215, the provision that the NSA used to justify collecting communications metadata of millions of people—expired. On June 2, Congress took a major step toward real surveillance reform by passing the USA Freedom Act, the first reform of certain aspects of US surveillance law in decades.
The USA Freedom Act prevents bulk collection under a number of legal authorities, enables Internet companies like Google to report the number of national security demands that we receive in smaller ranges, and creates new oversight and accountability mechanisms.
Congress has taken this step forward thanks to your efforts—but there’s more work to be done all around the world.
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