The New FISA Reform Still Doesn’t Protect Your Privacy

It’s a change to a surveillance power that should never have existed.

During the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the nearly 40-year old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) saw its profile raised to a level not seen since Edward Snowden’s explosive revelations almost four years ago. Late on April 28—in typical Washington “bury the bad news on Friday afternoon” fashion—FISA made still more surveillance-related headlines that directly affect every American.

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) announcement regarding changes to intelligence collection under the nearly decade-old FISA Amendments Act was as succinct as it was misleading:

NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. This information is referred to in the Intelligence Community as “about” communications in Section 702 “upstream” internet surveillance. Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target.

You’re probably asking, “What exactly is the FISA Amendments Act, specifically Section 702, and why should I care about any of this….?”

Source: The New FISA Reform Still Doesn’t Protect Your Privacy | The American Conservative

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