NSA’s Internet Surveillance Program Bill Renewed
U.S. President Donald Trump signed the 702 Bill that renews the National Security Agency’s warrant-less internet surveillance program. The renewal of the law is in effect for six years and provides for few changes to the NSA program. The program collects information from foreigners overseas but with the side effect of collecting an unnoted amount of communication from Americans.
With the renewal of the law, the NSA is still able to eavesdrop on broad amounts of digital communications from foreigners who live outside the U.S. through U.S. Companies like Verizon Communications (VZ) and Facebook, Inc. Incidentally, the program also collects Americans’ communications when they communicate with foreign targets overseas. Note that this information can be searched without a warrant.
The bill passed the House easily, and barely missed a filibuster in the Senate. The measure drew opposition from a coalition of libertarian Republicans and privacy-minded Democrats.