Tech firms and privacy groups are fighting back against an amendment that would give the FBI a top-level view of “electronic communication transactional records” (ECTRs) without the need for a warrant in terrorism and spy cases.
ECTRs include everything from the websites you’ve visited to how long you browsed a particular page. It’s all up for grabs as part of an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act being considered this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation would expand the government’s ability to collect data using a National Security Letter, or NSL, which doesn’t require a court order and typically includes a gag order saying the recipient cannot publicly acknowledge the letter.
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