WASHINGTON, DC — July 29, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today commended Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) for introducing legislation to improve privacy protections in US surveillance programs, and urged lawmakers in both parties to act on the bill quickly.
“This legislation is an important step toward restoring public trust in the underpinnings of the digital economy,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “It significantly improves privacy protections for the public by ending bulk collection of telephone and Internet metadata, improving transparency and allowing for greater oversight when government accesses personal data for national security purposes.”
“I commend Senators Leahy for facilitating collaboration among the intelligence community, civil society organizations and industry,” Espinel said. “We look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties to move this legislation forward as quickly as possible.”