House Votes to End Mass Warrantless Surveillance

Washington — In a spirited bipartisan late night defense of the 4th Amendment, Reps Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky and Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California offerred an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would restore provisions of the recently passed USA Freedom Act that prohibit warrantless surveillance of Americans by the NSA.   Rep. Massie explained that,…

Tech Industry Concerned About New Internet Censorship Tool In Wake Of EU Court Ruling

Washington – The implications of the European court ruling yesterday are huge, and are raising questions from Internet users around the world about how the decision might be used and misused to promote censorship. The ruling by Europe’s highest court means that any individual there can demand that thousands of Internet companies remove links to…

CCIA Welcomes Action By Judiciary and Intelligence Committees To Curtail Bulk Metadata Collection

Washington – The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act today, which would curtail bulk collection and storage of Americans’ phone metadata by the U.S. government. The bill matches the one the House Judiciary Committee passed yesterday. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has testified on this issue for years, advocating restraint on bulk…

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…