Technology CEO Council Executive Director Bruce Mehlman issued the following statement today regarding the House Judiciary Committee passage of the USA Freedom Act, introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) and Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY); as well as the Senate USA Freedom Act introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT):
“We applaud Representatives Goodlatte, Conyers, Sensenbrenner and Nadler and Senators Lee and Leahy for their leadership and commitment to common sense, bipartisan legislation to reform our government’s intelligence gathering programs. By ending the bulk collection of data and enabling more transparency for private sector companies, the USA Freedom Act offers a thoughtful approach that balances Americans’ right to privacy with the need for strong national security.
In addition to protecting the civil liberties of U.S. citizens, this legislation will restore the trust of international customers and partners in American IT companies and help maintain the free flow of data that is essential to the continued growth of our innovation economy. We urge Congress to act swiftly to enact these important reforms.”
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