NSA to resume mass surveillance on US citizens for another 6 months

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Following a ruling from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday, the National Security Agency (NSA) is set to resume its bulk data collection program, which allows it to store and analyze data about American citizens’ phone calls. The Freedom Act — signed on June 1 after section 215 of the Patriot Act expired — allows the NSA to continue to collect phone call metadata during a transition phase of 180 days. The agency is expected to switch to a new system for obtaining call records from phone companies at the end of this period. The decision to allow the…

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