US House of Representatives agrees to amend the law on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act
According to foreign media reports, on the 11th, the US House of Representatives approved the renewal of Article 702 of the FISA Amendments Act from 256 votes to 164 and extended its validity until 2024. However, the amendment still needs a vote by the U.S. Senate. However, if the vote is passed it will mean that the NSA will continue to monitor foreigners outside the United States without a warrant and collect the U.S. citizens who communicate with foreign personnel Citizen’s intelligence. At present, the amendment is opposed by certain groups in the United States for lack of privacy protection for the people under surveillance.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the U.S. government began to intensify its efforts to collect intelligence information. It is reported that NSA intelligence stored in the database was compiled with the help of AT & T, Google, Facebook and Yahoo and other Internet companies, and these companies gave the information to US officials without authorization.
However, Article 702 of the FISC will expire on January 19, and the bill will not be reassured by NSA until the bill is passed by the U.S. government before that date.
Although the amendment still needs a Senate vote, some political analysts have speculated the amendment should be passed. The most important point is that U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter today expressed his support for the amendment.
However, many U.S. privacy groups and the public are opposed to the amendment. They think it has enhanced NSA’s espionage power so that privacy is violated.