WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, US Congress reintroduced the US Freedom Act in an attempt to curb the US intelligence community’s broad surveillance powers, including the bulk collection of phone records and the ability to spy on Americans with limited oversight, the release said.
The new US Freedom Act, according to the EFF, directs the government to declassify significant FISA court opinions and bring in civil liberties advocates and technology experts when the court is considering novel interpretations of surveillance law.
Despite the bill’s serious flaws, the release explained, including failure to address NSA programs that intercept phone calls and monitor internet traffic, the legislation is still a step in the right direction.
“[L]egislators should vote for the US Freedom Act if they have the opportunity to do so because, on balance, it enhances liberty and privacy over current law,” the release said.
The US Freedom Act would repeal parts of the infamous Patriot Act, which the NSA used to justify the bulk collection of phone and business records on virtually every US citizen.