Earlier today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined with a large coalition of civil society groups and trade associations, along with tech companies, in sending a letter to Congress that underscores the essential elements of any surveillance reform legislation. The letter, signed by over forty groups, emphasizes that transparency is an essential part of any meaningful surveillance reform bill–and that we oppose reauthorization of section 215 of the PATRIOT Act without real reform:
must contain transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting, as well as an appropriate declassification regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decisions
The full text of the letter is available here. Individuals who wish to sign on to the letter can do so at the following link, created by Google: https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/page/content/reform-letter/.