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H.R. 2588: Preventing Unconstitutional Collection Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 2588


May 22, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Perry, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to codify the prohibition on the acquisition of about communications under section 702 of such Act.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Preventing Unconstitutional Collection Act.


Prohibition on acquisition of about communications

Section 702(d) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1881a(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Prohibition on acquisition of about communications

The procedures adopted in accordance with paragraph (1) shall ensure that—


the only communications acquired, intentionally or otherwise, under subsection (a) are communications sent or received by a targeted person;


any selection term used to conduct such acquisition shall apply to information concerning the sender or recipient of communications, and may not apply to the contents of such communications; and


there are methods in place that are reasonably designed to carry out subparagraphs (A) and (B).