15 May 2020

Regarding your web-browsing history...

"Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a measure that would let the FBI collect Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant"
That's the title of an article at Business Insider.
The McConnell amendment would let Department of Justice officials — overseen by Attorney General Bill Barr — look through anyone's browsing history without the approval of a judge if they deem the browsing history relevant to an investigation. It blocks the FBI from accessing the "content" of people's web-browsing history but would let the FBI access records detailing which sites and search terms people entered.
I've read elsewhere that the proposed amendment would make exceptions for elected politicians, whose web-browsing history would remain private.

Addendum:  The Senate has approved this measure.
The US Senate yesterday voted – by a single vote – to allow government agencies like the FBI and CIA to access your browsing history without a warrant. This means they would not need to show probable cause for believing you have committed a crime before requiring your ISP to hand over its records on your web browsing and search histories.

6 comments:

  1. "Do as we say, not as we do. Because you're subhuman."
    Our government in a nutshell.

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  2. all men are created equal ... but some are more equal then others

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  3. This is why a Congress created by drawing names from a hat couldn't possibly be worse than the Congress we have now.

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  4. Jefferson had it right. Paraphrasing here...the living should not be governed by the dead...he thought that a Constitution should be re-opened every 4 generations. We are what, 5 Constitutions in against his theory? Freedom exists if we continue to adapt. This bill will not be used against white collar criminals. Never. It will be used against a class of people, to keep them in line. Terrible stuff.

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    1. From the SE wall in the Jefferson Memorial: "

      I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as a civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

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    2. Well said, and thanks for finding.

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