By Jennifer Granick on May 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm
Over at Just Security I have an analysis of the USA Freedom Act as changed by a recent Manager's Amendment. Basically, I conclude that the Manager's Amendment fails to prohibit "back door searches" for US person information caught up in the NSA dragnet, which was supposedly one of the mail goals of the original bill.
There are many things wrong with section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, and USA Freedom only began to address them. But with the Manager's Amendment, we need to ask whether this bill does *anything* worthwhile, at least with regard to content collection.
For more information about how the new USA Freedom language would change content surveillance under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, you can take a look at my markup of the language here.
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