Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015 – TechAmerica, the public advocacy department of CompTIA, today issued the following statement from Matthew Starr, Director, Government Affairs regarding the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the USA Freedom Act on a vote of 25-2. The bill would prohibit the bulk collection of data under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and other legal authorities, and would allow companies to publicly disclose national security demands for information.
“We are thankful that the House Judiciary Committee took the initiative to pass this immensely important bill out of Committee a mere two days after it was introduced. With Section 215 of the Patriot Act set to expire on June 1, Congress must act quickly to decide the future of government surveillance, and this is an important step in the right direction. This bill strikes an excellent balance between promoting national security and protecting the privacy of Americans. We hope that its eventual passage will help build trust in our technology industry both domestically and abroad.”
CompTIA | TechAmerica
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