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Some FBI spying powers in limbo with lapse of Freedom Act

March 16, 2020, Global Data Review

Trisha Anderson spoke with Global Data Review about Congress’s lapse in renewing the Freedom Act while dealing with COVID-19. Ms. Anderson told GDR if Congress doesn’t renew the business records provision, the FBI will have to operate with pre-Patriot Act surveillance tools. She adds that the FBI would still be able to obtain business records via grand jury subpoenas, but national security officials worry that the subpoena process is more onerous and less confidential.

 

Regarding a bill  passed by the House to revise the FISA process officially ending the NSA’s call detail records program, Ms. Anderson says, “I would say this doesn’t represent any sweeping change to FISA but will reflect technical amendments.”

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