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The Obama administration is seeking to amend surveillance law to give the FBI explicit authority to access a person’s Internet browser history and other electronic data without a warrant in terrorism and spy cases.
The administration made a similar effort six years ago but dropped it after concerns were raised by privacy advocates and the tech industry.
FBI Director James B. Comey has characterized the legislation as a fix to “a typo” in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which he says has led some tech firms to refuse to provide data that Congress intended them to provide.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on one of those provisions as an amendment to a bill called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 (S. 356). The provision would allow NSLs to target "account number, login history, length of service (including start date)… Internet Protocol address… routing, or transmission information…" and more.
This amendment is authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and it's being tacked on to a pending Senate bill. If passed, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 would mandate a warrant for the government to access e-mail and data stored online. (The House unanimously passed its companion version, known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, in April 2016.)
originally posted by: lordcomac
The NSA already has all of this- the FBI wants unrestricted access to it what they have.
By the time the american public sees what their government is up to, it will be too late to do anything short of rioting in the streets.