The House Judiciary Committee voted 25-2 to approve the “USA Freedom Act,” seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The bill would bar the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and other intelligence authorities, and it would increase transparency and accountability in surveillance programmes.
A similar bill has been introduced in the US Senate.
Both bills are supported by privacy groups but will run into opposition in Congress and at the White House.
Democratic President Barack Obama and many lawmakers want to retain the mass data-collection programme as a national security tool.
Of course, others see it as a mass surveillance of ordinary people who have not done anything or something which might not have been punished if the Land of the Free had not been looking for people blowing up its landmarks.