As we have seen in the United States, political transitions can be a precarious time for government openness and accountability. There are myriad ways that governments backslide, ranging from abandoning international agreements and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to threatening the independence of courts and legislative bodies, to direct attacks against journalists, civil society and political opponents.
Today, Representative Mike Quigley introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA), legislation that encompasses a wide range of reforms aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability across government.
Coalition calls for stronger surveillance reforms to protect against warrantless surveillance of Americans
Today, OTG joined a letter calling on members of the House Judiciary Committee to close the loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that the government uses to conduct surveillance of Americans without a warrant.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of civil rights, privacy rights, and civil liberty organizations calling for Congress to support reforms to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to prevent the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies from engaging in unlawful surveillance of U.S. persons.
OpenTheGovernment is calling on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to not abandon his commitment to provide a public estimate of the number of Americans whose digital communications are collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act – a provision providing the NSA broad authority to spy on foreign targets.
On May 2, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its annual surveillance report, revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) collected 151 million phone records on Americans in 2016.
At today's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology, serious secrecy and privacy concerns were raised about the collection, sharing and use of such biometrics data. Greater oversight and transparency, areas of serious concern for open government groups and civil rights advocates alike, are critical to ensuring the public’s right to know about the expanding collection and use of such data.