by Nathan White, Senior Legislative Manager
Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Congress has been churning out privacy-threatening cyber surveillance proposals like popcorn at a movie theater. They’re up to five different bills, and none of them are good. Each bill protects companies that share our private data with the government — which often must give it to the NSA and the FBI — instead of protecting users’ privacy.
Today, a coalition of digital rights groups is launching a campaign to stop these bills from getting any farther in the legislative process.
President Obama made a promise to veto any bill that sacrifices our fundamental rights or rewards companies for undermining our privacy, yet that’s exactly what all five of these bills do. We spearheaded this campaign because we believe it’s important to speak out now and hold the President to his promise. Our rights are non-negotiable, and it’s time for all of us to step forward and defend them.