House ends FISA saga with passage of Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act

The House passed a bill from Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) on Wednesday that prohibits the federal government from purchasing U.S. citizens’ data from third parties, a win for privacy hawks that brings an end to House Republicans’ uphill battle to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The bill, introduced by Davidson and House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler (R-NY), would force federal agencies to obtain a court order to purchase commercially owned data of U.S. citizens, such as their online activity and location information. It was championed by Judiciary Committee members and their allies as an amendment to Section 702 of FISA, but it failed to make it into the final legislation that passed last week.

A vote on Davidson’s amendment comes after months of
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