Authorization temporarily expands scope of agency usually tasked with investigating federal drug crimes, according to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.
A bill that would have renewed government surveillance powers has been put on ice after its privacy protections were removed.
A recent amendment to require the FBI to get a warrant to view browsing data failed by one vote.
In a separate vote, lawmakers strengthen a program that examines privacy issues raised by government requests for data.
Experts warn that to stop the coronavirus we're on the verge of surrendering critical personal privacy rights to big tech firms and national governments.
App developers are creating tools to monitor people when they shop and work, despite lacking proof that it works or has safeguards to protect your data.
Twitter's lawsuit dates back to 2014.
Phone location data collected by advertisers doesn't show the whole picture and is vulnerable to mass fraud, researchers warn.
And the tech giant says it won't make any other minority investments in companies selling facial-recognition tech.
Governments could look for reasons to continue tracking people's activity, he says.
A research group scrapes more than 500,000 Instagram profiles in Italy to see if people are abiding by the quarantine.
Data protection officials around the world are loosening rules on how your data can be used during the COVID-19 outbreak.