On May 13, the U.S. Senate rejected the amendment to the U.S. freedom reauthorization act,The amendmentThe government is required to obtain an arrest warrant before it can search Americans' browsing and search history.
In response to this,ZDNetAccording to some sources, Mozilla, reddit, twitter and pateon, as well as organizations including reform government survey, engine and i2coallion, have recently signed a joint letter asking four US lawmakers to explicitly prohibit the collection of Internet search and browsing history records without any reason.
Mozilla inBlog"We want lawmakers to amend the bill to limit government access to unsubstantiated Internet browsing and search history," he said
"There are still too many search and browse histories collected and stored on the web. We believe that when governments seek access, these data should be protected by strong laws, but in many cases protection is uncertain. "
The group's message to four members of the U.S. House of RepresentativesIn a letterSaid privacy and security are critical to the continued growth of the economy, businesses and the free and open Internet. "By explicitly reaffirming these protections, Congress can help maintain the trust of users and promote the continued use of the Internet as a strong driver of our recovery," he wrote
The companies point out that searching and browsing history can describe people's private lives in detail and can display sensitive information, such as medical conditions, religious beliefs and interpersonal relationships. Therefore, effective legal protection measures should be used to protect the information.
The Senate recently considered an amendment to address the concerns raised by the panel in its letter. The amendment will expressly prohibit the use of section 215 of the USA Patriot Act in the collection and browsing of historical records without basis.
"This rule has attracted the support of a majority of members of the Senate and consumer groups and businesses across the United States," they said. It has broad bipartisan support in the house of Representatives and should be included if the house re approves the USA Freedom Act. "
"Congress should take this opportunity to resolve any potential ambiguity and provide strong legal protection for all search and browsing history."
In fact, these tech companies are not the only ones calling for privacy protection in the House. On 18 May, more than 50 civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union), Human Rights Watch for the Future (Fight For The Future)(Human Rights Watch), and the DuckDuckGo and Democracy and Technology Centre (Center For Democratic)