Independent Federal Privacy Board Concludes Bulk Data Collection Illegal

Washington – An independent federal privacy watchdog group is issuing its 238-page report today, which finds the government’s program to collect bulk metadata is illegal and should end, according to various news reports. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board report comes less than a week after President Obama announced modest changes to the way…

President Announces Changes To NSA Surveillance Program

Washington – President Obama announced changes to the way the government collects and stores bulk metadata on citizens and foreigners’ electronic communications during a speech at the Department of Justice today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association is encouraged that the president acknowledged the potential for abuse of this private information, but wished the reforms…

CCIA Issues Written Statement For Senate Finance Trade Hearing

Washington – As the Senate Finance Committee considers bipartisan legislation to authorize the Obama administration’s Trade Promotion Authority, it held a hearing Thursday “Advancing Congress’s Trade Agenda, The Role of Trade Negotiating Authority.” The Computer & Communications Industry Association released its written statement for the hearing thanking senators for beginning to recognize the growing importance…

Major Study Sheds Light On Online Privacy, Security Values, Behavior

Washington, D.C. – A new poll released today by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) found that Internet users are highly concerned about the theft of personal and financial information and believe strongly that the federal government should do more to protect them. This CCIA telephone survey of 1,000 voters was conducted by Benenson Strategy…

CCIA Praises Surveillance Reform Plans At Senate Judiciary Hearing

Washington – During a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday afternoon, Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black testified on why it is in the national interest to reform the scope of government surveillance and to be transparent about remaining data collection practices so that Congress and the American people can evaluate…