The US House of Representatives has just passedÂ an amendmentÂ that bans the use of funds to hold â€œwarrantless searchesâ€ in the communications of American citizens.
â€” Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie)Â June 20, 2014
This places limits on the National Security Agency (NSA) for building backdoors into communications including emails and chat histories â€” and is likely a welcome move for those opposed to mass surveillance, details of which were revealed in the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowdenâ€™s revelations. The amendment wonâ€™t be official till the Senate passes it, but itâ€™s a major step forward.
In March, US President Barack Obama alsoÂ formally proposedÂ putting an end to the government collecting or holding call data in bulk.