I believe some Americans are under the impression that a warrant is already required before our data can be accessed by outside sources. The Patriot Act completely overrode these protections and was the source of the massive improper access and misuse of Americans’ data uncovered on October 29, 2013, following publication of classified NSA memos describing bulk data collection programs leaked by Edward Snowden that June. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Freedom_Act
In as much as it addressed the most acute issues, the Act has addressed the most egregious issues. However, as the Countable “Details” section notes, “Privacy News Online reports that the NSA’s mass collection of call and SMS records is only one of the mass surveillance programs Edward Snowden revealed in 2013. Since the PATRIOT Act’s passage, the NSA’s most significant mass surveillance programs have been kept under wraps thanks to national security letters and FISA. Last year, the Trump administration chose to continue Obama-era NSA upstream surveillance programs despite privacy concerns. At the time, an anonymous White House source said, “We support the clean reauthorization [of NSA surveillance programs PRISM and Upstream], and the administration believes it’s necessary to protect the security of the nation.”
Congressional representatives and senators who passed the Freedom Act did so despite awareness that it would require additional future modifications. A case of “the best that could be achieved at the time.” This bill (H.R. 1942) is offered as a bipartisan attempt to address those outstanding issues. It should passed in the House and sent to the Senate for consideration ASAP!