US Senate blocks blocks measure to extend surveillance bill

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US Senate blocks blocks measure to extend surveillance bill

<p>The US senate has blocked a measure to extend spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The vote of 54 to 45 failed to reach the 60 threshold which was needed.</p> <p>The result came after the Senate narrowly blocked the “<span class="caps">USA</span> Freedom Act” a bill that would have ended the bulk data collection. </p> <p>Senators are to meet again on May 31 – a day before the bill is due to expire.</p> <p>The National Security Agency sweeps up vast amounts of Americans’ telephone records and business information under the collection programme. It was exposed two years ago by Edward Snowden a former <span class="caps">NSA</span> contractor. He is now a fugitive in Russia.</p> <p>A US appeals court has already ruled the bulk collection illegal.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NSA</span> has collected data about numbers called and times but not the content of conversations. It also allegedly spied on European firms. German Chancellor was among individuals targeted.</p>