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A single vote made all the difference

"Why it matters: The US has just voted to allow the FBI and other security agencies to access American citizens’ web histories without requiring a warrant. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) were trying to install privacy protections into the Patriot Act, but the amendment failed to pass by a single vote.

Wyden and Daines led the charge in trying to prevent the Patriot act changes by installing a warrant requirement, but the bipartisan amendment fell short of the 60-vote threshold by one vote, with many of those who were likely to vote in favor, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, absent."

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-fbi-can-access-your-browsing-history-without-a-warrant-and-the-senate-is-to-blame

https://www.techspot.com/news/85226-senate-vote-allows-fbi-access-browsing-history-without.html

 

To date, the government has yet to pass a law that they have not eventually abused.  I guarantee they have already been doing it. This just puts it down on paper.

And just like that, VPN company value skyrocketed.

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52 minutes ago, PPQer said:

Remotely, or do they come to your home and take your computer, without a warrant?

Everything you do on the internet is tracked some place.  Your internet service provider keeps a detailed list.   Lots of businesses deal with harvesting information and reselling it.  Amazon can tell you what you've searched for and recommend items for you to buy.  Facebook is a vast data collection service.

The history on your PC...is irrelevant to this type of harvesting of information.

There is no assumption of privacy on the internet.

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8 hours ago, pipedreams said:

A single vote made all the difference

"Why it matters: The US has just voted to allow the FBI and other security agencies to access American citizens’ web histories without requiring a warrant. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) were trying to install privacy protections into the Patriot Act, but the amendment failed to pass by a single vote.

Wyden and Daines led the charge in trying to prevent the Patriot act changes by installing a warrant requirement, but the bipartisan amendment fell short of the 60-vote threshold by one vote, with many of those who were likely to vote in favor, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, absent."

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-fbi-can-access-your-browsing-history-without-a-warrant-and-the-senate-is-to-blame

https://www.techspot.com/news/85226-senate-vote-allows-fbi-access-browsing-history-without.html

 

To date, the government has yet to pass a law that they have not eventually abused.  I guarantee they have already been doing it. This just puts it down on paper.

And just like that, VPN company value skyrocketed.

Yes, I remember the Patriot Act well.  I remember when it was started, the Democrats cried.  When the Democrats were in power, they were silent on the issue.  So, here we go.  The intent of the Patriot Act was to deal with terrorists.  However, what was designed as terror got a rather broad brush.  It allowed the Federal Government to arrest people more easily.  There are some things about it that are good, a lot of it is pretty bad.  If it said simply, that we could hold foreign combatant terrorists at GITMO permanently, we would all be happier about it.  But, it is so much more.  For the bad about it, I would suggest watching Penn and Teller's Bullshit episode about the nasty bits in the Patriot Act.

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