US senator to propose strong curbs on NSA phone data collection
Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transparency about the programme has White House backing and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other Bills as too weak.
Democratic US Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will introduce the legislation on Tuesday.
Because it does more to clamp down on the data collection exposed last year by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, Leahy's Bill was expected to be more attractive to privacy advocates than a Bill passed by the US House of Representatives in May.
Many American technology companies have also been clamouring for changes after seeing their international business suffer as foreign governments worry they might collect data and hand it over to US spy agencies.
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