Director of National Intelligence Admits Government Used Section 215 to Track Browsing History

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      The Trump administration recently used one of the most controversial surveillance provisions in U.S. history to record an unidentified person or group’s visit to an unspecified website, the New York Times revealed Thursday.

      The Times reports Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on November 6 to inform him that Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act had not been used to collect internet search terms, and that none of the 61 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders issued in 2019 involved “web browsing” records.

      However, Ratcliffe was later forced to change his story.

      Under pressure from the Times and following clarification from the U.S. Justice Department, Ratcliffe wrote to Wyden to admit that “one of those 61 orders resulted in the production of information that could be characterized as information regarding browsing,” and that one order approved the collection of data regarding computers “in a specified foreign country” that were used to visit “a single, identified U.S. web page.”

      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/03/director-national-intelligence-admits-government-used-section-215-track-browsing

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