Another major blow to US citizens' privacy, as the Senate passed a bill giving the FBI and CIA the power to check your browser history without a warrant.
Senators Ron Wyden of Oregan and Senator Steve Daines of Montana proposed introducing privacy protection to the Patriot Act, which gives law enforcement agencies the oversight power to maintain national security.
However, the modification of privacy needs only one more vote, as many senators did not show up. (Do not hope, someone will be found)
This vote is a step backwards in protecting the privacy of US citizens on many levels. There is already a growing level of concern among privacy advocates, as governments around the world use the Koranic pandemic as a shield to introduce new surveillance measures without much debate.
THE Patriot Act must be abolished in its entirety, and buried in the ground. It is one of the worst laws passed in the last century and there is no indication that the mass surveillance programs it allows have ever saved a human life.
In accordance with paragraph 215 of Patriot Act, the FBI and other services can ask your ISP for your browsing data without the need for a warrant.
According to The Register, HTTPS links to websites and SSH tunneling can make it difficult for these companies to retrieve your data. Additionally, you can use the browser Tor which provides an additional level of anonymity through a three-tier security.