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FBI's use of foreign intelligence driving privacy debate

11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, October 29 2017 Oct 29, 2017 October 29, 2017 10:41 AM October 29, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
File Image: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2017.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI's use of foreign intelligence is at the heart of a heated debate on Capitol Hill about reauthorizing a law that lets spy agencies collect information on non-U.S. citizens abroad.
  
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act is set to expire on Dec. 31.
  
Lots of legislative proposals are circulating in Congress. They range from leaving the law alone to making big changes aimed at better protecting the communications of Americans that inevitably are swept up in the collection of foreign intelligence.
  
There's wide agreement that the law helps protect national security. But some lawmakers and privacy advocates think the FBI should have to get a warrant if it wants to search a foreign intelligence database for information on Americans.
  
The FBI says that's an unnecessary burden.

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