Cracks emerge in bipartisan efforts to overhaul FISA Section 702

23/08/2023 | Politico

As the deadline approaches for the reauthorisation of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, tensions are rising among a coalition of lawmakers pushing for reforms. This coalition includes both progressive and hard-right conservative politicians, but disagreements about what changes are necessary for the programme, which allows government spies to monitor the electronic communications of foreigners abroad, are starting to emerge. Despite these disagreements, the programme is expected to be renewed in some form before the year-end expiration. However, partisan divides could make it difficult for the most ambitious privacy-focused changes to gain momentum. President Joe Biden and his administration have been advocating for as few restrictions as possible on Section 702, citing its importance for national security.

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