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President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed new legislation that makes reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs and curtails their snooping abilities. The USA Freedom Act, as the law is called, passed the Senate on Tuesday after a bicker fight led to the expiration of the Patriot Act, whose provisions came under scrutiny after leaks from Edward Snowden.

But that doesn’t mean your privacy is safe — in fact, it’s probably easier than ever for someone to find out and collect personal information about you. Fusion’s Tim Pool takes a look at how hundreds of websites are collecting your personal info from publicly accessible databases.

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