A Controversial US Surveillance Program Is Up For Renewal

The program was designed to expand the power of US agencies to collect electronic “foreign intelligence information,” whether about spies, terrorists, or cybercriminals abroad, and to do so without a warrant.

  • In other words, tech companies are compelled to hand over communications records like phone calls, texts, and emails to US intelligence agencies including the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
  • A lot of data about Americans who communicate with people internationally gets swept up in these searches.

Despite a history of abuses by intelligence agencies, Section 702 was successfully renewed in both 2012 and 2017.

  • The program, which has to be periodically renewed by Congress, is set to expire again at the end of December.

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