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Volume: 15 Issue: 1
(January 2018)

communications interception national security surveillance


USA: President Trump signs FISA reauthorisation act

The US President, Donald Trump, signed, on 19 January 2018, the bill for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (‘FISA’) Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.139) into law (‘the Act’), reauthorising the use of Section 702 of FISA, which allows intelligence agencies to collect data of non-US persons located outside the US, until 31 December 2023, and making a number of amendments to the same.

Joan Antokol, Partner at Park Legal LLC, said, “The US has tried to achieve a proper balance between individuals’ rights and [national security]. The reauthorisation of Section 702 adds even more privacy protections, including new limits on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (‘FBI’) ability to search data obtained under Section 702 in criminal investigations and new limits on the Justice Department’s ability to use that data to prosecute domestic crimes.”

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