US Senators endorse renewing NSA's most controversial spying powers
Senators are pushing to reauthorize some of the US Intelligence agencies' most sweeping and controversial spying abilities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden with some token 'improvements' as privacy advocates are already crying foul.
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Liberty Act bill which will reauthorize the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This gives US intelligence agencies permission to spy on and store internet metadata and communications of foreign people living outside the US, along with communications of US citizens which get "swept up" in the data collection. This data can then be searched at a later date without a warrant.
The authorization for the George W Bush-era program is set to expire on December 31 if Congress doesn't renew it. The Liberty Act would extend Section 702 for six years, with a number of small improvements.
The bill will "enhance accountability, and increase protections for queries of Section 702 metadata, among other important reforms," the senators said.
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