Rep. Noem votes to stop backdoor searches of Americans’ communications

Rep. Noem voted “YES” to the Sensenbrenner-Massie-Lofgren Amendment to Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015.  The measure passed with bi-partisan support (293-123).  The amendment prohibits the use of funding for backdoor searches of Americans’ communications without a warrant. It also prohibits the use of funding for the NSA to mandate or request that private companies and organizations add backdoors to the encryption standards that are meant to keep you safe on the web.   Here is the actual text of the amendment:

       At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following new section:

       Sec. __. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by an officer or employee of the United States to query a collection of foreign intelligence information acquired under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1881a) using a United States person identifier.

       (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to queries for foreign intelligence information authorized under section 105, 304, 703, 704, or 705 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1805; 1842; 1881b; 1881c; 1881d), or title 18, United States Code, regardless of under what Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authority it was collected.

       (c) Except as provided for in subsection (d), none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the National  Security Agency or the Central Intelligence Agency to mandate or request that a person (as defined in section 1801(m) of  title 50, United States Code) alter its product or service to permit the electronic surveillance (as defined in section 1801(f) of title 50, United States Code) of any user of said  product or service for said agencies.

       (d) Subsection (c) shall not apply with respect to mandates or requests authorized under the Communications Assistance  for Law Enforcement Act (47 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).

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