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House Panel Approves Surveillance Renewal Bill

Law360, Nashville (December 1, 2017, 5:20 PM EST) -- The House Intelligence Committee on Friday approved a bill that would renew foreign surveillance authorities while adding new privacy and oversight provisions, despite the objections of Democrats, who cited concerns with its changes to “unmasking” authority.

The bill, H.R. 4478, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, was passed by the committee in a 13-8 party-line vote, sending the bill to the full House for further consideration. It would renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, authorizing surveillance against foreign targets, through to the end of 2021, with that section currently set to expire at the end of 2017....

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