Senate rejects amendment that would require government obtain a warrant before accessing American’s web browsing history.

  • The bill was an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (amended by the Patriot Act) and read, “Purpose: To remove internet website browsing information and search history from scope of authority to access certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigation.”
  • The amendment would have forced the government to first establish probable cause to obtain the warrant.
  • Under existing law, the Patriot Act permits bulk collection of Americans’ browsing records.
  • The amendment fell short by one vote of the required 60 votes to pass the chamber.