WASHINGTON — House libertarians and liberals banded together to support new curbs on government spying a year after former National Security Agency Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records.
The Republican-led House voted 293-123 late Thursday to add the limits to a $570 billion defense spending bill. The provision, which faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, would bar collection of personal online information without a warrant and would prohibit access for the NSA and CIA into commercial tech products.
Proponents of the measure described them as government “backdoors” that give intelligence agencies an opening to Americans’ private data.
The House was expected to pass the defense bill Friday.
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