House Reauthorizes FISA Electronic Surveillance Without New Limitations

Washington — The House has voted against amendments that would have limited in how the government can use information gathered on Americans during foreign surveillance. House members rejected language that would have closed the “backdoor search loophole” by requiring a warrant for government agencies to access Americans’ communications. The House instead renewed Section 702 of…

CCIA Opposes FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act

Washington — Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up and favorably reported out the FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act, H.R. 4478, which is meant to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as reported out by the committee. The FISA Reauthorization Amendments…

CCIA, Tech Industry Coalition Recommend Electronic Surveillance Reform

Washington – Leading technology companies and associations sent a joint letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte today supporting surveillance reform. The Computer & Communications Industry Association strongly recommends modifying the surveillance powers authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act so as to improve privacy protections and increase transparency. Specifically, the letter recommends…

Industry, Civil Rights Groups Jointly Oppose DHS Traveler Profile, Password Collection Plans

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined civil liberties groups, industry associations, companies, and security professionals in a joint statement to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today opposing plans to collect passwords and social media profiles of those seeking to enter the country. The letter points to experts who say the such demands…

CCIA Asks House To Pass Email Privacy Act

Washington – The House is expected to once again vote on the Email Privacy Act under a suspension of the rules Monday. Last session the House unanimously approved legislation to enhance privacy protections to citizens’ email. The bipartisan Email Privacy Act clearly gives Fourth Amendment protections to electronic communications by requiring the government to obtain…