Extensive National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance has led four US senators to introduce the Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Act, a reform initiative designed to maintain privacy without impeding security.
The proposal will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and seek to improve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
Amendments to FISA will prohibit bulk collection of phone records for law-abiding citizens, but will allow for tracking of suspected terrorists.
It will also prevent mass collection of emails. Additional amendments will forbid national security letters (NSL) – letters used by government agencies to demand information – from being used for bulk collection, and will mandate more public reporting on how NSLs are used.