H. Rept. 113-452 Part 1: USA Freedom Act, Report Together with Additional Reviews to Accompany H.R. 3361, Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, May 15, 2014   [open pdf - 848KB]

From the Purpose and Summary: "H.R. [House of Representatives] 3361, the 'USA FREEDOM [Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-Collection and Online Monitoring] Act,' reforms Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT [Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism] Act (Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)), clarifies several other national security authorities, expands existing oversight provisions, and creates greater transparency of national security programs operated pursuant to FISA." From the Background and Need for the Legislation: "In June 2013, Edward Snowden, a former defense contractor and CIA employee, released classified material on top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) data collection programs, including a metadata program operated under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and a program called PRISM [Procurement Information System for Management] operated under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, to the media. On June 5, 2013, it was reported that on April 25, 2013, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) granted an order requested by the FBI pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. The order compels a telephone service provider, on an 'ongoing, daily basis,' to provide the NSA with 'all call detail records or telephony metadata' for communications made via its systems, both within the United States and between the U.S. and other countries. 'Telephony metadata' is broadly defined, and includes the numbers of both parties on a call, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The order gave the government the authority to obtain the call detail records or 'telephony metadata' for a 3-month period, ending on July 19, 2013."

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