US report examines arguments for FISA Section 702 reauthorisation

20/03/2023 | Congressional Research Service

The US Congressional Research Service has issued a report outlining details of the Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) ahead of its potential reauthorisation. Title VII of FISA permits electronic surveillance and other methods of obtaining foreign intelligence information directed at targets outside the US. The report addresses the practices carried out under FISA Section 702, a contentious point in the EU-US Data Privacy Framework negotiations. Interestingly, the report highlights an estimated 232,432 non-US persons were subject to digital communications checks during the 2021 calendar year. 

UPDATE 220323 - In a related post, Bloomberg (£) reports technology companies, including Google, Meta and Apple are lobbying to limit access to American citizens' data under FISA Section 702 if it's reauthorised by US Congress. Computer and Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers said that: "Reforms are needed to ensure dragnet surveillance programs operate within constitutional limits and safeguard American users’ rights, through appropriate transparency, oversight and accountability," Computer and Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers said.  

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