The FBI wants to be able to get your browser history without a warrant. And that’s not all. They also want to be able to use National Security Letters to find out who you are communicating with over email, chats or text messages.
National Security Letters (NSLs) sound pretty official, but they aren’t. An FBI agent merely has to claim the records they want are “relevant” to an investigation, and the phone or internet company has to turn them over.
Handing the FBI Americans’ web browsing history and other electronic records without court oversight sacrifices our privacy and doesn’t make us safer.
This alert might sound familiar, because last month the Senate considered a similar measure. We asked you to take action and it was narrowly defeated. But they will vote again, likely this week.
The issue is a bit confusing, so Senators Wyden and Heinrich will be answering your questions today, live on social media:
Twitter: 4:15 pm ET on Sen. Wyden’s Twitter: @RonWyden
Facebook: 4:45 pm ET on Sen. Heinrich’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartinHeinrich/
We encourage you to join the conversation, ask questions, and engage your own Senators on social media also.
Senate Rejects Expansion of FBI Surveillance Powers by a Narrow Margin, Sarah Nelson, Dissent Newswire
Seven Myths Busted: FBI Surveillance and the NSL Expansion vote in the Senate, Robyn Greene, JustSecurity