Next week, the House of Representatives will discuss a defense bill aimed at limiting the authority and power of the National Security Agency. According to The Hill's Katie Tummarello, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif) will introduce the bill as an amendment to the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill.
"The amendment would cut off funding for efforts to build security vulnerabilities, or "backdoors," into U.S. tech products or services that can be used for surveillance, according to a memo from the lawmakers' offices.
The provision would also prevent agencies from searching communications to or from people in the U.S. without a warrant, according to the memo.
While the authority for those searches is aimed at collecting foreign communications, information about U.S. persons can be swept up if one party is based in the U.S. or if the communication is processed or stored in another country.
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