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Tech companies win on NSA reform vote

The NSA won’t be collecting your phone records anymore after its authority to do so under the Patriot Act expired on June 1. It’s likely to be a very temporary lapse, as the Senate managed to move forward with the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reform the NSA’s record collection ability without ending it. But for tech and Internet companies and groups who have been agitating for the bill, Sunday night counts as a big, if provisional, victory

It was a very dramatic weekend in the Senate with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul  heading opposing factions despite their shared party. McConnell had attempted to extend the NSA’s authority without changes while Paul has said he thinks the USA Freedom Act doesn’t go far enough, but in the end, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to move ahead with a vote on the bill. The fact that McConnell gave in on letting it come up for a vote at all is a win for proponents of the bill, since he had previously fought against any kind of change to the NSA’s powers.

“It’s not ideal but, along with votes on some modest amendments that attempt to ensure the program can actually work as promised, it’s now the only realistic way forward,” McConnell said in a statement. “And I remain determined to continue working toward the best outcome for the American people possible under the circumstances.”

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Source: DCInno

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