Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday, commending the end of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ personal data.
“Today both the safety and Constitutional rights of American citizens are more secure thanks to the USA Freedom Act,” Lee said. “Not only did the USA Freedom Act strengthen the Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans by ending the bulk collection of personal data, but it also better ensured national security by closing a loophole that prevented the government from tracking foreign terrorists once they entered the United States.”
Signed into law on June 2, 2015, the USA Freedom Act gave the NSA 180 days to end its domestic bulk data collection program. That 180-day window expired on November 29.