Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined a coalition letter urging Congress to pass legislation to stop the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of electronic communications. The companies, civil liberties groups, and associations said Congress should not renew the NSA program in its current form, which is set to expire June 1.
The following can be attributed to CCIA President Ed Black:
“It has been nearly two years since Americans learned the extent of the NSA’s dragnet surveillance and the time has come for this program to end. With expiration of the Patriot Act’s authorities for bulk data collection looming, there is no better opportunity to institute the reforms necessary to restore the balance and limitations within which Congress and the public intended for our intelligence apparatus to operate. It’s time to demonstrate to citizens worldwide that they can trust that their private data is safe in the hands of American digital service providers.”