President Donald Trump is sparking fears from privacy advocates that he could expand government surveillance programs, Axios reports.
Trump has told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he tends to "err on the side of security" when it comes to National Security Agency surveillance.
And both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and CIA Director Mike Pompeo opposed surveillance reforms while they were in Congress, according to Axios.
Trump could expand current surveillance programs without public knowledge, Axios notes, adding there is no disclosure requirement.
The law used to justify surveillance of foreign nationals outside the United States, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, expires at the end of the year. But Congress could make it permanent, Axios reports.
Meanwhile, FBI Director James Comey has pushed for an "adult conversation" with tech companies to help law enforcement gain access to encrypted data.
The website also points out, a recent change in criminal law will give the government broader hacking powers. Axios says it could end up allowing the government to gain more information on citizens.
Privacy advocates are urging increased oversight on government surveillance.
"The first step is start seeing that the committees of jurisdiction in Congress actually conduct oversight of how the executive branch is using this authority," says Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "
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