United States Senate passes a law that allows the Fbi and CIA to access anyone’s browser history without a warrant
1984! Here I come. A new law in United States may take us in the direction of George Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother. The Big Brother, which is a cult classic, had a theme of government over-reach and mass surveillance. The United States Senate took a step yesterday in that direction by allowing the FBI and CIA to access anyone’s browser history without a warrant.
The US Senate yesterday passed a controversial bill into law with a single vote. The new law will allow U.S. government agencies like the FBI and CIA to access the user’s browsing history without a warrant. The new law means that FBI and CIA don’t need to show a probable before demanding access to your browsing history. They can also call upon the ISP to provide your web browsing records and search history.
The bill was introduced by Mitch McConnell as a part of a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which gives federal agencies broad domestic surveillance powers. Three amendments were put forward, one of which would have prevented accessing web browsing history without a warrant.
The U.S. Senate yesterday passed two privacy-related laws and the third one is coming up for a vote today. The FBI/CIA searching browser history was part of the privacy amendment which came up one vote short and therefore failed. All the senators who had promised support for the bill including Sen. Bernie Sanders did not turn up for the vote. As many as 9 Democratic senators also voted “No,” causing the amendment to fall short of the 60-vote threshold it needed to pass.
The second amendment did pass, which allows judges ruling on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to seek input from independent experts.
A third amendment, requiring warrants to carry out FISA searches on US citizens, is due to be voted on today.