U.S. House of Representatives leaders have reached a new agreement to protect Americans from unauthorized searches of their browsing history,media reported. The key issue this time is the reauthorization of amendments to key surveillance provisions, some of which date back to the Patriot Act, which failed to pass by a single vote in the Senate in May.
On Friday, local time, members of the House of Representatives agreed to vote on a “major reform” of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Gizmodo reported. The amendment, which could be voted on as early as this week, would prohibit the Justice Department from collecting Americans’ browsing history without a search warrant.
The amendment, co-sponsored by California Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Warren Davidson, would specifically require the FBI to obtain authorization even if surveillance targets are only likely to be American.
It will also prohibit government agencies from obtaining the IP addresses of anyone who visits the site unless the site “guarantees” that it will not reveal the identity of any One American.
“Without this ban, intelligence officials may have access to information about our personal health, religious activities and political views without authorization,” Lofgren said in a statement. “
The agreement was the result of three days of negotiations between Lofgren and House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, Gizmodo reported.