While some of us were swept up shopping this Black Friday, the NSA was busy scaling down its practice of sweeping up millions of phone records on a daily basis. Due to a new law that went into effect this past Sunday, the NSA will begin using more selective phone surveillance techniques.
Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement are no longer allowed to collect phone metadata in bulk and instead will have to access this information directly through the telecommunications companies. The practice of gathering phone information in bulk, which was widely exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, has been a point of contention for privacy advocates and tech companies wary of government surveillance.
This cutback marks the largest decrease in surveillance since the implementation of the Patriot Act in 2001.
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