TCP, Coalition Oppose FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

On November 6 The Constitution Project joined over 40 other civil liberties groups in opposing the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.  As noted in the letter opposing the bill, this legislation would actually expand the troubling surveillance authority provided by Section 702, codify the most controversial practices under the law such as backdoor searches and “About collection” that are in serious need of reform, and fail to provide any meaningful improvements to privacy or civil liberties.  The Constitution Project supports reforming Section 702 in a manner that will end the most problematic features of this invasive surveillance law and still preserve its security value.  The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 is not a serious effort at achieving these goals, and does not warrant consideration in the ongoing reauthorization debate before Section 702 expires on December 31.

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