The clock is ticking as the US Senate scramble to renew the Patriot Act as it nears the June 1, 2015 expiration date. Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the government is allowed to spy and collect records of its citizens and the NSA has been spearheading the government's surveillance for quite a few years. However, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA's blanket surveillance and violation of public privacy have managed to make a dent in the unwarranted domestic spying.
The USA Freedom Act was introduced in order to bring more transparency to NSA's unwanted surveillance and to reign-in bulk data collection. However, the USA Freedom Act is loaded with fine prints and loopholes that will allow allow NSA to continue its spying activities with only few limitations.
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— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 21, 2015
With the Patriot Act set to expire in a few days (unless the US government does something about it), and the USA Freedom Act twisting clauses extending NSA surveillance till 2019, you need to protect yourself with a VPN.
Many activists have gathered outside US senate offices across various cities trying to end the Patriot Act. The message sent by these protesters states: ‘Sunset the Patriot Act’; which calls for an end to surveillance by the government and protecting the human right to privacy.
Time will tell whether the US government ends the bulk data collection, mass surveillance and intrusion of public privacy conducted by the NSA. For now, online privacy and freedom of speech advocates recommend that you take preventive measures and do not compromise on your online privacy, and avoid unwanted surveillance from monitoring all your activities.