Thursday, May 14, 2020
An amendment in the United States Senate that would have blocked the government from surveilling Americans' browser history without a warrant failed on Wednesday " by a single vote.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the amendment to the 2001 Patriot Act, which was meant to explicitly restrict authorities' ability to search both browser and search histories under Section 215 of the act.
Wyden's measure was essentially meant to block what another amendment was trying to accomplish: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had introduced a measure that would, in effect, greatly expand the surveillance powers of the Department of Justice.
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