There’s a bunch happening in tech this week, and a lot of it right here in Washington: a US Senate committee is looking to make changes to the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) . . . From Description posted w/video.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act , or FISA which is a piece of legislations that allows the US government to monitor civilian phonecalls and interraction without a warrant has been up for debate in the Congress. Some congressmen took the turn discussing dangers of the act while another demanded to make it a little more transparent, which was turned down though. The bill hasn’t been well-received by privacy advocates either. RT’s Meghan Lopez has more.
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The US Senate has the opportunity to hear discussion before a vote on renewing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, but they might not even bother. Although reauthorizing FISA and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) would allow the government to warrantlessly wiretap the emails and phones of millions of Americans, one Republican senator has asked his colleagues on Capitiol Hill to approve the bill without debate. Will Congress skip discussions in order to renew FISA for another five years? Liz Wahl speaks with RT producer Adriana Usero about what the FISA vote means for personal privacy in the US.