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US completes the controversial phone collection program data uncovered by Snowden

United States ended today the controversial program of mass telephone data collection of the National Security Agency (NSA) revealed in 2013 by the contractor Edward Snowden.


At dawn today the law reform NSA surveillance that prevents the government directly collect phone data of millions of citizens went into effect.

The government can no longer collect such information but will have to apply to companies that if required for safety reasons.

Congress approved in June reform known as the "Freedom USA", immediately signed by President Barack Obama norm.

The reform amendment certain sections of the "Patriot Act", adopted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the massive collection of telephone data of citizens.

A secret court known as FISA oversees the program since 2006 and analysts say the NSA only access to the phone book for the purpose of looking for suspects in terrorism investigations.

Some Republican senators, led by presidential candidate Marco Rubio and Arkansas lawmaker Tom Cotton, had tried to delay the official end of the program following the attacks in Paris on 13 November, the jihadist group Islamic State (EI) was attributed and in which 130 people died.

The initiative does not prospered despite having the support of the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.

Snowden's revelations were announced in June 2013, when the young leaked to various media details of monitoring programs NSA responsible for collecting millions of phone user data.

The scandal became even greater when it emerged that several foreign leaders could have also been victims of espionage.

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