We are senior members of Google’s public policy and legal teams. AUA about the current status of US government surveillance law reform and how Google thinks about these issues.
As many of you know, on June 1, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is set to expire. This is the provision that the NSA used to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. Yesterday, a Federal appeals court ruled that Section 215 does not authorize bulk collection, which is great news. But doesn’t mean the end of Section 215 or of bulk collection. There are still other courts that can contradict or, in the case of the Supreme Court, reverse this decision, and one Senator has already introduced legislation to reauthorize Section 215. The good news, though, is that a bill called the USA Freedom Act is making its way through the House of Representatives. The bill makes strides toward ensuring surveillance is narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight.
It is a serious step toward real surveillance reform and an opportunity for Americans to speak up and let Congress know that it’s time for change.
If you'd like to learn more about what's at stake—and ways you can take action—visit: https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/page/s/usa-freedom
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Update: Signing off for now, reddit. Thanks for your time and great questions today. We’ll try to get back to some of you later when we have a little more time. If you want to get involved in the fight for real surveillance reform, visit https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/page/s/usa-freedom.