The US Senate failed to pass a bipartisan amendment on Wednesday that would have significantly limited the FBI’s ability to collect Americans’ browsing and search history without a warrant. The amendment to H.R.6172, The USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, failed by a single vote, 59-37.

The Freedom Reauthorization Act doesn’t grant the FBI sweeping new powers to spy on Americans, but it does restore powers the agency has already had for many years. This ability to collect personal data extends from the 2001 Patriot Act, which was aimed at foreign surveillance but also dramatically increased the government’s ability to spy on American citizens. 

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