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House panel advances bill on key surveillance measure

Rep. Devin Nunes chairs the House's intelligence committee. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The House Intelligence Committee approved a bill Friday along party lines that would reauthorize a central surveillance law, the Washington Post reports. It does change the law — known as Section 702 — but doesn't satisfy surveillance reform advocates, including in the tech industry.

The law is used to authorize the surveillance of electronic communications by foreign nationals abroad, but advocates worry about the programs picking up communications involving Americans as well.

Why it matters: If lawmakers don't address it, the law will expire at the end of the year.