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6/3/15

USA - Privacy Rights - NSA: Obama signs landmark bill reforming NSA surveillance

US President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday landmark legislation passed by Congress just hours earlier putting an end to the government's bulk telephone data dragnet. US President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance programme that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records.

Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill ends a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their content.

Passage of the USA Freedom Act, the result of an alliance between Senate Democrats and some of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans, was a victory for Obama, a Democrat, and a setback for Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Read more: Americas - Obama signs landmark bill reforming NSA surveillance - France 24

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