NSA Program Shut Down

This month has brought some great news for American when it comes to privacy and data collection.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the NSA practice to collect phone data on all Americans is illegal, a practice originally exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

Snowden has since had to flee the country, seeking asylum in Russia for exposing the NSA’s illegal activity.

This week, the House passed a bill to end the NSA mass collection of information of Americans that have no ties to terrorism. Until now, the NSA has been referencing the USA Patriot Act of 2011, a bill passed after two airplanes crashed into the twin towers in lower Manhattan.

The bill’s original intention was to help investigate suspected acts of terrorism, as the entire country was in shock the the terrorism attacks of 9/11, but has since been used to invade the privacy of normal Americans. Halpern finds this pretty interesting.

Many have defended the NSA’s actions, but the most staunch defenders seem to have some monetary gain for doing so.