back to article Feds' privacy panel backs renewing Feds' S. 702 spying powers — but with limits

A privacy panel within the US government today narrowly recommended that Congress reauthorize the Feds' Section 702 spying powers — but with some stronger protections for US persons. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board voted 3-2 on party lines to support all 19 recommendations in the Section 702 report, including …

  1. stiine Silver badge
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    "Although the Section 702 program presents serious risks to, and actual intrusions upon, the privacy and civil liberties of both Americans and non-Americans, the United States is safer with the Section 702 program than without it," the panel said in a report [PDF] published on Thursday.

    Tough shit. We would rather be more free than more spied upon. Also, safer from whom?

  2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

    So close

    Instead of changing the surveillance program itself, the board's minority suggests reforming the FBI

    Now, if only they'd started with "in addition to", they might have had something.

    I doubt these restrictions, if they even make it into the reauthorization, will have much effect. Who monitors for violations, and how? What are the consequences of violating the restrictions? I haven't looked into the details, but this all could be completely toothless.

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