WASHINGTON, DC — August 20, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance sent a letter to President Obama’s Chief of Staff following up on his request for specific recommendations for steps the Administration and Congress should take in the wake of disclosures about government surveillance programs. The letter follows a White House meeting with BSA and other leading technology associations in early August.
The recommendations, designed to address important privacy and civil liberty concerns while also fostering continued innovation and economic growth, came in a letter co-signed by six industry groups as part of an ongoing dialogue with the Administration. Their joint letter urged three steps:
- Increase transparency with respect to national security programs;
- Reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to enhance privacy protections in law enforcement investigations; and
- Promote policies that enable cross-border data flows such as the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework.
Click here to download a copy of the letter.
“Disclosures about government surveillance programs have had significant repercussions for US companies that provide data-driven products and services to international customers,” said Chris Hopfensperger, BSA Technology Policy Counsel. “We need to address those concerns by reassuring the public that robust privacy and civil liberties safeguards are in place and effective.”
“The first step has to be increasing transparency so people can see companies handle customer data with the utmost care,” Hopfensperger said. “We also support the President’s review of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and urge Congress to pass a clean ECPA-reform bill as soon as possible. Finally, it is critically important that America and its trading partners continue to allow commercial data to flow across borders so innovation can continue and the digital economy can grow.”