Pro-Privacy Lawmakers Secure a Vote to Protect Browsing Data From Warrantless FBI Collection

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who along with Rep. Warren Davidson (D-OH) has led efforts to reform the USA Patriot Act in the House, is photographed walking to the Senate floor during the impeachment trial of President Trump on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Samuel Corum (Getty)In a hard-fought victory for privacy reformers, the U.S. House of Representatives is now expected to vote as early as Wednesday on an amendment that would explicitly prohibit the warrantless collection of internet search and browsing history without a warrant, sources tell Gizmodo.AdvertisementThe decision comes after a week of difficult negotiations between Democratic leaders, who’ve overwhelmingly opposed the vote, and progressives and libertarian-leaning lawmakers who’ve found commonality through a mutual disdain for unbridled government surveillance. Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI to Let Terrorists Bomb…Requiring federal agents to have “probable cause” to eavesdrop on the internet activities of…Read moreAdvertisement“This provision enjoys broad bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. I’m glad that we’ll get to vote on this important measure to protect Americans’ Third and Fourth Amendment rights,” Rep. Warren Davidson, Republican of Ohio, said. “This reform—while …

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