People use their iPhone mobile devices to write text messages at a NBA basketball game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, 17 January 2014. According to news reports citing top secret documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly collects some 200 million text messages and other personal data from mobile phones around the globe every day under an NSA program codenamed 'Dishfire'.
People use their iPhone mobile devices to write text messages at a NBA basketball game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, 17 January 2014. According to news reports citing top secret documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly collects some 200 million text messages and other personal data from mobile phones around the globe every day under an NSA program codenamed 'Dishfire'. AAP image - Larry W. Smith

US Republican Party condemns NSA for dragnet domestic spying

THE [US] Republican Party on Friday condemned the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance program as a dragnet that violates the privacy rights of Americans and urged lawmakers to put a stop to it.

The vast collection of Americans' phone data revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has drawn a firestorm of criticism, prompting President Barack Obama to introduce reforms last week.

The measures fell short of dismantling U.S. electronic spying programs, including the portion of the USA Patriot Act, the post-9/11 law passed during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush, that allows the surveillance program.

Read more at Reuters.com


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