U.S. tech companies call on Justice Department to ban unauthorized browser searches

A coalition of technology companies is calling on the U.S. Congress to protect users’ browser history from unauthorized searches,media reported. In May, an amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act failed by one vote in the Senate. The amendment requires the Justice Department to obtain authorization before searching users’ browsing and search history.

U.S. tech companies call on Justice Department to ban unauthorized browser searches

Now, as the House of Representatives considers the bill, technology companies are asking House leaders to add those protections to the bill.

On Friday, local time, Mozilla, Reddit and Twitter sent a letter to House leaders urging them to explicitly prohibit unauthorized Internet searches and browsing data collection.

The letter was also signed by advocacy group Reform Government Surveillance. The group represents major technology companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

In fact, on May 18, a group of more than 50 civil liberties groups signed a letter asking House leaders to take unauthorized search protections.