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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, rights groups oppose FBI expansion of surveillance powers

John Ribeiro | June 8, 2016
Proposed rules would give government access even to browser history and email metadata.

Reform Government Surveillance, which is backed by a number of tech companies, is a signatory to the letter as also the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The groups are concerned with the expansion of the scope of NSLs because the government already uses them to a great extent, most often accompanied by gag orders prohibiting companies from making public that they have received such requests. Over 300,000 NSLs were issued by the FBI over the last ten years, according to the letter.

 

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