27.10.2017 - 07:47 [ zdnet.com ]

As Congress mulls surveillance reforms, here are the good, bad, and ugly options

Those programs were authorized under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that will expire on December 31 unless Congress reauthorizes the law or passes new legislation.

On one side, you’ve got the Trump administration and former intelligence chiefs all pushing for a clean reauthorization on a permanent basis. On the other, you’ve got several lawmakers who have vowed to fight the reauthorization until they learn how many Americans are swept up under existing surveillance powers.