On June 2, 2015, a small step was made in the fight for internet freedom and privacy: the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act, 67 to 32. Senator Majority Mitch McConnell’s proposal for weakening amendments to the legislation was defeated. The reach of the NSA‘s surveillance has been weakened, and both the NSA and FISA court will now be more transparent and accountable for their actions.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wanted more from the USA Freedom Act and even withdrew their support in an effort to make the Congress strengthen the bill. However, the Foundation is still very happy with the step that the world is taking in the fight against NSA‘s surveillance. In fact, EFF is following up with plans to campaign for the 2017 reform or expiration of Section 702, one of the main legal authorities the government relies upon when it comes to mass surveillance of people’s online communication. EFF is also taking a stand against Executive Order 12333, a thirty-five-year-old executive order that NSA now uses for the digital surveillance of people worldwide.
The fight was hard and it was worth it. Now people around the world are a little safer and a little more secure in their internet freedom and privacy. And that definitely deserves a celebration!
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