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Bipartisan Coalition Reacts to FBI’s New Section 702 Procedures

This morning, the FBI announced internal procedural changes that are intended to increase accountability for violations of internal rules governing searches of Americans’ communications acquired under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). These changes, however, are insufficient to protect Americans’ privacy and out of touch with the concerns expressed by lawmakers and the American public. The Brennan Center and twelve other national organizations oppose reauthorization of 702 without wide-ranging reforms to FISA and related authorities, including a warrant requirement for government searches of Section 702-acquired data to find Americans’ communications.

Published: June 13, 2023