Advocates of reforming NSA (National Security Agency) practices are currently focusing on other controversial plans that American Freedom Act didn’t mention. Now that the National Security Agency’s bulk surveillance programs have efficiently been neutered, what is the future of privacy?
The president of America, Barack Obama singed a reformed act of the NSA (National Security Agency) on surveillance, after few hours of the bill’s endorsement, leading to the presentation of the measure, as reported by Efe news agency on Wednesday.
The White House described the orders of Barack Obama, in a statement which rushed to endorse the American Freedom Act, altering certain classes of the Patriot Act, approved after 9/11 terrorist attacks, which contain huge collection of mobile record from citizens also.
America will continue its mass surveillance programs, however it will not be the Govt. who will directly gather the data from US citizens – rather mobile companies will collect the information.
The data will be facilitated particularly, should the management need it for the privacy concerns.
With 32 votes in against and 67 in favor, on Tuesday the Senate finished the 2 weeks of disagreements among 2 groups of the Republican opposition, in spite of the reality that the genuine text received overwhelming two-party acceptance 14 days ago in the House of Representatives.
Susan Molinari (US public policy’s vice president) wrote, “Today marks the first time since its enactment in 1978 that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has been amended in a way that reflects privacy rights enshrined in our history, tradition and Constitution. Today’s vote represents a critical first step toward restoring trust in the Internet, but it is only a first step. We look forward to working with Congress on further reforms in the near future.”
The termination of the act, the practices of which were exposed by Edward Snowden 2 years ago, has reverted to reopen the discussion on the balance among the privacy of citizens and national security and freedom.
Linda Moore, CEO at TechNet said in a statement, “This bipartisan measure strikes the right balance between legitimate privacy concerns and national security imperatives, specifically by ending the bulk collection of telephonic metadata and establishing a framework for government and industry to better report the nature and scope of data requests.”
According to majority of Congressmen including Barack Obama, the bill has managed to accomplish the necessary stability.
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