Civil liberties advocates are trying to bring to light a secret legal document that could upend the congressional fight over cybersecurity.

For years, the Obama administration has repeatedly declined to reveal a 2003 decision from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), claiming that it no longer relies on the opinion.

But the continued secrecy has digital privacy experts worried the decision addresses the government’s right to access data and could give license to warrantless surveillance.

The topic has become especially pertinent as lawmakers clash over online snooping and a controversial cybersecurity bill heads to the president’s desk.

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