USA Freedom Act

How Scared Should I Be?

How Scared Should I Be of the NSA?

Most of the time, I don't give a shit that the government is spying on me. Turns out, I probably should.
Mike Pearl
12.11.15
News

The NSA’s Controversial Phone Surveillance Program Ends on Saturday

The Obama administration announces the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata surveillance program.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.27.15
News

Judge Orders NSA to Stop Collecting American's Phone Records Immediately

A federal judge is trying to shut down the NSA’s most controversial program—again.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.9.15
News

Did You Enjoy the 28 Days the NSA Stopped Spying on You?

A secret court just allowed the NSA to resume its bulk collection program.
Jason Koebler
7.1.15
Obama

Senate Approves Major Changes to Surveillance Laws in Passing USA Freedom Act

The Act remodels key parts of the Patriot Act, which allowed the government to conduct its controversial mass surveillance program.
VICE News
6.2.15
News

Pro-NSA Senator: Surveillance Reform Is 'Resounding Victory' for Edward Snowden

The Senate finally passed an NSA reform bill.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.2.15
News

For the First Time in 14 Years, the NSA Can’t Get Your Phone Records

The Senate is letting a small portion of the Patriot Act expire, but just for a couple of days.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.1.15
politics

Don’t (Just) Let the Sun Go Down on Patriot Powers

A few pieces of the Patriot Act are about to expire, but we need more than a quiet death to guarantee true reform.
Julian Sanchez
5.29.15
News

The New NSA Reform Bill Would Give the Government Even More Power to Spy on Your Smartphone

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to rein in the NSA's dragnet phone surveillance programs. But as the debate moves to the Senate, it's not clear whether we're debating a phone dragnet or an Internet one.
Marcy Wheeler
5.14.15
News

House of Representatives Votes to End NSA Phone Spying Program

A bill to end NSA mass surveillance has made it through the House, but the Senate may be a tougher sell.
Jason Koebler
5.13.15
Opinion and Analysis

Who's Afraid of the Surveillance State?

The struggle to rein in the NSA lacks wide support because the surveillance state is too insidious an enemy for the public to recognize.
Natasha Lennard
11.20.14
News

When Is Congress Going to Rein In FBI Surveillance?

We've heard a lot about NSA spying thanks to Edward Snowden, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation is no stranger to unaccountable snooping.
Marcy Wheeler
11.4.14
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