House votes to narrow NSA’s phone records collection

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of the country’s telephone records, while allowing the agency to engage in more targeted surveillance.

The House voted 338-88 late Wednesday to approve the USA Freedom Act, a bill intended to end the NSA’s mass collection of telephone metadata within the U.S. But the bill would extend an expiring provision in the anti-terrorism Patriot Act that allows the NSA to collect U.S. telephone and business records, but with a more limited scope.

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