Responding to a proposed rule that would amend the Department of Defense’s privacy program, EPIC, joined by 13 groups (including OpenTheGovernment.org), urged the NSA to comply with the federal Privacy Act. In the comments, the groups say the NSA must publish additional systems of records privacy notices to comply with the act.
Today, eighteen groups joined OpenTheGovernment.org to urge the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to add public access to a bill improving Congressional oversight of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) decisions, orders and opinions.
Yesterday afternoon 26 organizations joined OpenTheGovernment.org in sending a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to urge them to make the text of their proposal to address the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs available to the public before marking it up.
The weekend of October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the PATRIOT Act, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Stopwatching.us Coalition will host a weekend of grassroots training and rallying to petition Congress for an end to mass surveillance. Learn more about the event here.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation secured the release of hundreds of pages of documents related to the government’s interpretation of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act through a FOIA lawsuit. The fully searchable documents include several orders from the FISA Court and provide increased insight into the law behind the NSA’s intelligence collection programs.
The House of Representatives recently took the first vote on limiting the government's national security surveillance programs since their broad scope was revealed by a series of leaked documents and press reports.
Sixty-three organizations, including OpenTheGovernment.org and many of our coalition partners and tech companies, joined the Center for Democracy and Technology to call for more transparency of government communications surveillance. The letter accompanied the launch of the reform campaign StopWatching.Us.
Earlier this June, documents published by the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed the great extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) is scooping up Americans’ telephone and internet data as part of its surveillance programs. Below are brief descriptions of key words and terms for understanding the issues in play, and links to learn more.