Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records, by Jenna McLaughlin

Posted: May 28, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

They’re up to their old tricks. From Jenna McLaughlin at the intercept.com:

A PROVISION SNUCK INTO the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs — most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.

Since a 2008 Justice Department legal opinion, the FBI has not been allowed to use NSLs to demand “electronic communication transactional records,” such as email subject lines and other metadata, or URLs visited.

The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in…

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