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Report: NSA Ignored Law Change, Collected U.S. Citizens’ Phone Records


The National Security Agency (NSA) continued to collect the phone records of U.S. citizens, despite a law change which limited the practice, according to a report.

“The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people U.S. and allied intelligence agencies suspect may have ties to terrorism,” reported Reuters on Tuesday. “It found that the NSA collected the 151 million records even though it had warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to spy on only 42 terrorism suspects in 2016, in addition to a handful identified the previous year.”

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