Google, Apple and a handful of tech giants joined together earlier this week to support the USA Freedom Act, a bill up for review in the U.S. Senate meant to curb NSA surveillance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to save the bill, which failed to gain enough favorable votes on Tuesday, MSNBC reports.
The bill managed to win the majority of votes at 58-42, but failed to grab the 60 votes it needed to pass. The vote was mostly split down party lines, and 41 out of 42 of its opponents were Republicans. At this point, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the USA Freedom Act won’t be considered again until next year, when it will return to a newly Republican-controlled Congress.
If it had passed through the Senate and become a law, the USA Freedom Act would have finally allowed companies like Google and Apple to reveal the details of data requests they get from the NSA and other U.S. government agencies. It also would have helped block the government from scanning personal email accounts for metadata.