The U.S. government has made a new, solid effort towards stemming the action of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) data collection practices that have more than angered the international community. It is old news now that — revealed via Edward Snowden’s content leaks beginning in June 2013 and continuing until this day — the NSA has practiced widespread, thorough, and indiscriminate acts of surveillance. The global awareness that now exists about the NSA’s data collection practices has not just put the organization and the United States at the focal point of a concern around privacy and security, but has caused other global entities — namely Brazil and Germany — to put Internet privacy action forward on their political agendas.
But on May 22, The U.S. House of Representatives approved measures to curb the NSA’s data collection practices that had overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats. The vote for the legislation is in favor of ending the bulk collection of phone records and more reform of the NSA’s surveillance practices.