House Judiciary Committee Introduces Restrictions on Private Data Collection

Legislators seek to close the legal spy loophole in Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Act.

A bipartisan group of representatives introduced a bill to the House floor this week that would reimpose restrictions on the intelligence community’s use of warrantless data access, closing the legal loophole in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Section 702 was first added to the act in 2008, which allowed federal intelligence to spy on the digital data of private citizens without a warrant. It also allows them to purchase data from companies that sell personal data to continue the surveillance of private citizens.

The bill proposing to revoke these digital spy powers was introduced by Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona and co-sponsored by a number of prominent representatives, including Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan of Ohio and the Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal of Washington.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For FBI Director Wray as he advocates for the use of the warrantless surveillance by the U.S. intelligence community.
  • For the legislators in the House to be led by the Lord as they consider restricting the government’s ability to access Americans’ private data.

Sources: The Hill, Axios

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