EFF comments on the new USA Freedom Act

Similar to last year's bill, the new USA Freedom Act attempts to end the bulk collection of calling records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act by limiting collection to instances where there is "reasonable, articulable suspicion" that a "specific selection term" used to request call detail records is associated with international terrorism. The government must use a specific selection term, which represents an "individual, account, or personal device."

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: new bill, anti-terrorism, calling records, USA Freedom Act, bulk collection, privacy, US, mass surveillance

Posted on Friday 1 May 2015

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