WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2015 – TechAmerica, the public advocacy department of CompTIA, today issued the following statement from Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the USA Freedom Act.
“We are grateful the House pushed to pass this important legislation. 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 the Senate takes it up soon as its passage will help build trust in the tech industry both domestically and abroad.”
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.
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