FBI Seeks Power to Search Internet Users’ Browser History without Warrant

FBI Seeks Power to Search Internet Users’ Browser History without Warrant

The Obama administration is planning to carry out what Judge Andrew Napolitano slammed as “a major step towards a police state.”

Seeking to expand the already-incredible power of the FBI further, the administration has begun lobbying on behalf what it claims is a minor change to existing law regarding government surveillance. Indeed, according to FBI director James B. Comey, the change is nothing more than the correction of “a typo” in the current law.

But this is not what tech companies and firms, who are the primary party affected by the law, say the government is trying to do. Instead, they warn that the administration is trying to increase the FBI’s power to spy on Americans.

More specifically, opponents of the proposed “fix” claim it will permit the bureau to search “electronic communication transactional networks” without having to obtain a warrant from a judge. That means the FBI will be free to snoop through Americans’ Internet histories and even see how long users spend on certain sites.

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