The Biden administration released the results of an advisory panel's report on the government's controversial surveillance tool. Although the tool should not undergo major reforms, some members of Congress are pushing for more drastic ones.
According to the inspector general of the Justice Department and the head of national intelligence, the FBI has been misusing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows authorities to collect information about foreigners without probable cause. The agency has also been making more requests for information about Americans than other agencies.
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The report acknowledges that the FBI used section 702 without a warrant in the past, but it states that a warrant is necessary for any further query once a determination has already been made. Despite these concerns, the report states that the agency's access to the data is vital to national security.