At a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing Wednesday, lawmakers asked members of the intelligence community, academics and the chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board whether it should reauthorize provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Without Congressional re-approval, the surveillance powers discussed will expire at the end of this year. Government agencies urged Congress to reauthorize, permanently, each of the crime-fighting tools "based not only on the government’s demonstrated record and the importance of the authorities to national security." But not everyone agreed the proper reforms have been made to the program. IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, was at the hearing and has the highlights.
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