It was revealed over two years ago by Edward Snowden that the NSA’s policy of collecting information on what numbers people were calling and when they placed those calls was targeted at a certain demographic known as “pretty much everybody.” This upset a lot of people in that group.
That program has been replaced with the Freedom Act, which requires the NSA to get a court order and request access from telecommunications companies if they want to collect metadata. Any request that’s granted will only be valid for six months.
Some are worried that these new, more restrictive rules will limit the NSA’s ability to monitor and stop terrorists before they strike. If that’s a thing you’re worried about, hopefully this quote from Reuters will put you at ease: “A presidential review committee concluded the surveillance regime did not lead to a single clear counter terrorism breakthrough that could be directly attributed to the program.”
So we’re screwed no matter what, guys. Everyone just relax. Now its time to just wait until the NSA gets propped with a different name. yay.
The NSA’s Bulk Collection Program Has Been Shut Down (For Now)