Surveillance does little to stop terror attacks, so why are our emails still being read?
Net Results: Section 702 extension will hurt business over fears for data of EU citizens
Online surveillance: section 702’s possible renewal will present serious difficulties unless clear protections are introduced for EU data.
Last week, the US House of Representatives followed in the footsteps of the Senate earlier this month, and voted to extend the deeply controversial section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Section 702 permits the warrantless surveillance of foreigners by US spy agencies. But past activities undertaken under the besmirched aegis of section 702 are known to have hoovered up the digital data – everyday communications such as emails, and text messages as well as revealing “metadata” about online activity – of millions of Americans as well, in a form of electronic collateral damage.