An amendment that would have prevented the US government from conducting so-called warrantless “backdoor” searches on millions of Americans’ data.
The amendment failed in a vote 198-222 in a vote Thursday.
Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY, 4th) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, 19th), who introduced the amendment as an add-on to the annual defense budget bill.
The amendment, would have also forbid the government from forcing individuals, as well as companies — like Google and Apple — from installing backdoors for surveillance purposes in their systems.
We reached out to Massie’s office for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
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