What Americans think about NSA surveillance, national security and privacy | Pew Research Center

Overall, Americans hold nuanced views on the issue: A majority is against the government collecting bulk data on its citizens, and most believe there are not adequate limits on the types of data collected. But Americans do generally support monitoring the communications activity of suspected terrorists.The expiring Section 215 of the Patriot Act enables the government to collect phone metadata, with authority from a secret national security court known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – details that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked to news organizations two years ago.Also expiring are the law’s “lone wolf” and “roving wiretap” provisions, which, respectively, enable the government to collect data on non-U.S. suspects who are not linked to foreign governments or terrorist groups, and enable officials to monitor certain suspects on multiple communication devices rather than a single one.

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