What is the Wyden Amendment?

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May 16, 2020 02:54 AM 0 Answers
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Recently I came across an article which appears to be discussing the Wyden Amendment to H. R. 6172 . The article makes it sound like this will allow enforcement agencies access to browsing data without a warrant:

The US Senate has voted to give law enforcement agencies access to web browsing data without a warrant, dramatically expanding the government’s surveillance powers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doing some more research, I found this language on the amendment:

S.Amdt. 1583 (Wyden) to H.R. 6172: To remove internet website browsing information and search history from scope of authority to access certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.

To me, remove "from scope of authority" sounds like it is not allowed. So what is right, does it allow access to this information without a warrant, or does it not?

Piquing my interest further, the U.S. Senate has been getting increasingly polarized along party lines in recent years, this vote seems to not be as polarized. 24 Republicans and 34 Democrats seemed to vote for it, while 27 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against it. Is there something in this amendment that makes it less polarizing than other votes?

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