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US bill would restrict but allow mass espionage

Updated: 2013-11-02 07:20
By Agencies in Washington ( China Daily)

The US Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would tighten controls on the government's sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue.

In a classified hearing, the panel voted 11-4 for a measure that puts new limits on what intelligence agencies can do with bulk communications records and imposes a five-year limit on how long they can be retained.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that US spying has gone too far in some cases, an unprecedented admission by Washington in the row with Europe over widespread surveillance.

US bill would restrict but allow mass espionage

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