US House approves foreign surveillance program

Added On January 12, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to extend a key spying program by six years on Thursday.
The program allows the government to collect information about foreign intelligence targets without a warrant.
The house passed the bill regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 256-164.
The legislation is now headed to the Senate for the next round of voting.
Following the leaks made by Edward Snowden in 2013, the U.S. government has been criticized for secretly collecting phone and online data from U.S. and foreign citizens.
In 2015, U.S. Congress voted to end a controversial surveillance program, which had authorized the National Security Agency to gather secret phone metadata from American citizens.
Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the U.S. government can target foreigners overseas. 
But the government can also gather information on American citizens if  they are part of the targets' communications.
The American Civil Liberties Union said the vote was about retaining the power to spy on Americans without a warrant. It added they would give Trump administration greater authority to spy on others.
Before approving the extension, the House rejected an amendment requiring intelligence officials to obtain a warrant before spying on U.S. citizens.