Sanders is proposing a bill to end open-ended court orders allowing for data mining by the NSA and the FBI. The bill would require the government to provide reason of suspicion before searching and examining documents or records.
Sanders says he believes this will be a good balance between personal privacy and national security.
"I think it is wrong for the government to be storing phone records on virtually every single American when the vast majority, 99.9 percent, have nothing to do with terrorism. So, we want to be vigorous in going after al-Qaida, no question about it. But we can do it in a way that does not undermine the basic constitutional rights that make us a free country," said Sanders, I-Vermont.
Sanders voted against the USA Patriot Act when it was first passed in 2001.