U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to stop NSA from mass collection of Americans' telephone records

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced the "USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives yesterday. The bill is intended to prevent intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency from collecting Americans' telephone records. Specifically, the bill bars bulk collection of telephone metadata records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. 

Sponsors of the bill say it's goal is to increase transparency and accountability in surveillance programs and provide a balanced approach--one that lets the NSA obtain the data it needs to detect terrorist plots without infringing upon Americans' right to privacy. Article