By Katie Cammarata
January 11, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives voted against an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, that would’ve made it harder for agencies to access information linked to Americans.
FISA is a program that lets the government collect electronic communications of foreigners abroad, even when they’re talking to U.S. citizens; that includes emails and text messages.
The amendment would’ve made some big changes to the type of information security agencies like the FBI and National Security Agency can access using FISA.
The proposed changes also would have banned officials from going through Americans’ private messages without a warrant.
While the House rejected the amendment, lawmakers did vote to reauthorize FISA. The bill now needs approval from the Senate.