Cybersecurity

President called by ALA and partners to again threaten veto of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” info sharing legislation advancing in Senate

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As recently reported, Senate Intelligence Committee “markup” and approval of the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), S. 2588, was delayed until after Congress’ brief July 4 recess . . . but not for long.  Again meeting in secret, the Committee approved a somewhat modified (but insufficiently improved) version of the bill on July 10. Like three other ... Read More »

When the watchdog whimpers: new report proposes no legal fixes for NSA’s warrantless “702” surveillance program

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Created as an independent federal agency by Congress in 2007 to safeguard the public’s privacy and civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has just adopted and published its second major report on the most invasive government surveillance programs. The first, released in January of 2014, virtually growled its disapproval of the ... Read More »

Scary “Zombie” Cybersecurity Legislation Lives Again in Senate

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With the popularity these days of all things “zombie,” it was inevitable DD supposes that Congress would want to get in on the craze. The legislative proof first went by the killer name “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,” or CISPA. It first started terror­izing privacy advocates and others who believe in the Fourth Amendment back in 2011 as H.R. ... Read More »

30+ civil liberties groups, 9 top tech CEOs, call on Congress to get surveillance reform right.

As recently reported in District Dispatch, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider the latest House-passed version of the USA FREEDOM Act later this month.  As that “markup” nears, ALA and more than 30 other leading national civil liberties and pro-privacy organizations have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and to the Chairs and most ... Read More »

House committees break surveillance reform bill logjam; logrolling begins…

After months of outward inactivity, two key Committees of the House of Representatives with previously very different views of what the government’s surveillance powers should be have just breathed new life into long-stalled efforts to reform existing national security laws sparked by the revelations of NSA “leaker” Edward Snowden almost a year ago. On Wednesday, May 7 the House Judiciary ... Read More »