Under the guise of national security, Congress is looking to expand surveillance powers of the FBI; this time they are coming for your browser history.
After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Government signed the Patriot Act into law.
This legislation opened the door for federal authorities to investigate American citizens suspected of violating a vaguely described idea of “national security.”
It’s been controversial legislation from the start, and that’s putting it mildly.
But the situation has just gotten worse if you’re a U.S. citizen concerned about your privacy. A recent article on Motherboard described a Senate vote for a reauthorization of a part of the Patriot Act that could allow the FBI to view your browser history without a warrant:
The vote comes at a time when internet usage has skyrocketed, with tens of millions of Americans quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Privacy advocates have warned for over a decade that allowing warrantless access to web search queries and browsing history allows law enforcement to easily crack down on activists, labor organizers, or anyone else the government deems a threat.
The 4th Amendment to The U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect you from warrantless search and seizure, including your Internet usage.
But with the Senate vote, that protection is in jeopardy. If the House passes this form of the Patriot Act, the FBI would be able to peek at your browsing history whenever it wanted to… and you might never even know it.
Fortunately, it’s not a “done deal” yet, and according to another VICE piece, “activists are trying to push Democrats to add the privacy protections back into the bill when it returns to the House this week.” But if the protections aren’t added back in, your online private life is in jeopardy. Talk about walking up to a thin line.
“Search and web browsing history provide a window into some of the most sensitive aspects of our lives—revealing everything from political views to potential medical conditions,” said Neema Singh Guliani, a senior legislative counsel for the ACLU.
Not only that, but any “crack in the door” the Feds have to gather information about you can be combined with other data to form a more complete profile on your activities. And this information can then be connected to who you associate with — potentially providing the FBI with more “victims.”
What could go wrong with that? Everything…
One example would be the shroud of mystery that surrounds the data being collected, namely a “number of ‘unique identifiers’ collected by federal agencies under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which allows for domestic mass-surveillance.”
If you don’t even know exactly what the Feds are collecting, or how they are collecting it, how can you thoughtfully defend yourself?
The truth is, you shouldn’t have to worry about this if you’re a law-abiding U.S. citizen. But unfortunately you might have to pay more attention now that the Government is trying to take away your basic privacy rights.
So consider this a reminder to delete your browser history. And consider alternative browsers that aren’t known for violating privacy.
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