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The House on Thursday is expected to vote on legislation reforming the National Security Agency’s phone metadata spying program, a package that some civil rights groups quit backing following 11th-hour changes supported by the Obama administration.
“It’s too watered down for us to be able to support it,” Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute, said in a telephone interview.
The House Rules Committee dramatically altered the USA Freedom Act package Tuesday, despite two other House panels forwarding more privacy-laden legislation to the House weeks ago.
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