Text: H.R.2684 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/11/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2684

To require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report and obtain court approval for broad telephony metadata collection searches, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 11, 2013

Mr. Lynch (for himself, Mr. Cartwright, and Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Select Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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


A BILL

To require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report and obtain court approval for broad telephony metadata collection searches, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short Title.

This Act may be cited as the “Telephone Surveillance Accountability Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Limits on Searching Telephony Metadata in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(i) Limits on Searching Telephony Metadata.—

“(1) COURT APPROVAL FOR SEARCHING TELEPHONY METADATA.—No person may search telephony metadata acquired pursuant to a production order under subsection (a)(1) unless—

“(A) the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes an application to a judge of the court established by section 103(a) that includes a statement of facts showing that there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the basis of the search is material and specifically relevant to an authorized investigation; and

“(B) the judge finds that there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the basis of the search is material and specifically relevant to an authorized investigation and enters an order authorizing such search.

“(2) DEFINITIONS.—In this subsection:

“(A) The term ‘production order’ means an order to produce any tangible thing under this section.

“(B) The term ‘telephony metadata’ means communications routing information, including session identifying information, an original or terminating telephone number, an International Mobile Subscriber Identity, an International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, a trunk identifier, a telephone calling card number, and the time or duration of a call.”.

SEC. 3. Congressional Oversight for Production Orders of Telephony Metadata in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Section 502 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall monthly submit to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate a report describing each search made during the preceding month of telephony metadata pursuant to an order under section 501(i)(1)(B).”.