The Daily Beast reports on the future of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and how tweets from President Donald Trump may have influenced its future. Section 702 is due to expire in 2017, but its renewal is no longer a foregone conclusion. After Trump tweeted about former President Barack Obama allegedly surveilling him, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said it would be “very problematic” to reauthorize Section 702 while intelligence agencies leaked information against the president. The leaks have given House intelligence committee Republicans the ability to hang the future of Section 702 over the heads of the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two agencies that have used the provision to collect large amounts of data.
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