SOUND THE CANNONS! Light the beacons! The National Security Agency (NSA) has stopped spying on your phone calls!
During a podcast, Luke Murry, the national security adviser for the Republicans, revealed that the programme which was brought in after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been dormant for months and may not be renewed.
Funding for the eavesdropping exercise is confirmed through to the end of 2020, but after that, it seems likely that it will be put to bed for good.
The programme is one of the key revelations made by Edward Snowden in his dossiers and was ruled unlawful in 2013, after which it was revised to allow the telcos to keep the records private, but giving the NSA dibs on them if they wanted them by means of a court order.
The tipping point came when it was revealed that the NSA had collected more data "by accident" than was necessary - a big no-no in the battle between civil liberties and homeland security.
Mr Murry is quoted as saying: "I'm actually not certain that the administration will want to start that backup."
The news will come as a welcome boost to privacy advocates who have long believed that the programme, which has never actually succeeded in stopping a terrorist attack, is a breach of human rights.
The fact that it has not actually been in use for months and yet nothing particularly terrible has happened will strengthen the argument that, indeed, the programme has run its course.
It's not known if the millions of calls collected to the MYSTIC database will now be deleted but we wouldn't bet money on it.
Whilst this programme has ended, there are a gazillion other surveillance programmes around the world, and many of them are hugely invasive, so don't start talking about your drug deals on an open line just yet.
There's no word of if they've stopped listening in to your Angry Birds games. μ
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