Widespread FBI abuse of foreign spy law sets off “alarm bells,” tech group says

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The FBI isn’t supposed to use its most controversial spy tool to snoop on emails, texts, and other private communications of Americans or anyone located in the United States. However, that didn’t stop the FBI from sometimes knowingly using its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 powers to conduct warrantless searches on US persons more than 280,000 times in 2020 and 2021, according to new disclosures. US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) described the searches as  “shocking abuses.”

Among the most concerning so-called backdoor searches on Americans were disclosures that the FBI ran

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