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FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

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FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

 

Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -. The US Senate voted yesterday against a Republican-backed proposal to extend the Federal Bureau of Investigation secret surveillance powers to the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week

The measure the Senate because rejection yesterday four measures that would restrict gun sales.

During Wednesday’s vote, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell switched his vote to “no,” this week gives himself the opportunity to bring the level of treatment as quickly later.

The legislation will be the type of phone and Internet records may ask the FBI for companies such as Google unity of alphabet Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. without extending an order. Opponents, including some large technology companies, said it threatened civil liberties and do little to improve national security.

The legislation before the Senate on Wednesday filed as an amendment to a criminal justice system funding bill would broaden the FBIA ???? authority to so-called National Security Letters, that no order and whose existence is usually use a secret required.

Such letters can force a company to hand over a user’s phone billing records. Among changes in the Senate, the FBI will be able to electronic communications transaction records such as timestamps of email and transmitters require email and recipients, visit besides some information about websites a person and social media log-in details.

It would not enable the FBI to use national security letters to obtain the actual content of electronic communications.

The legislation will also permanently ensure a provision of the USA Patriot Act, which can conduct intelligence surveillance on ???? lonely wolfâ ???? suspects not confirmed ties to a foreign terrorist group. This provision, which the Justice Department said never used last year, expires in December 2019.

The bill was expected to succeed scary, but it has two votes fewer than the required 60.

the future of the Senate proposal in the House of Representatives was also uncertain, given its alliance of libertarian-leaning Republicans and technology-friendly Democrats who previous attempts to expand surveillance blocked.

Privacy groups and civil liberties advocates accuse Republicans shoot this week from the operation of the Orlando to build support for related legislation.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, criticized Senate Republicans for ???? pushing false, knee-jerk solutions that do nothing to mass shooting or terrorist attacks.â prevent ????

While Republicans called the shooting Orlando in support of the bill, the FBI director James Comey said Omar Mateena ???? transactional records has been completely revised by authorities who examined him twice for possible extremist links.

Comey that there ???? no indicationâ ???? Mateen belongs to an extremist group and it is unlikely authorities had done nothing to prevent the attack

(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Bernard Orr).