WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the tech sector and its leading companies, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield after the Senate failed to pass surveillance reforms:
“We are incredibly disappointed in the Senate’s failure to pass the USA Freedom Act. This morning’s vote was a missed opportunity to bring certainty and clarity to our nation’s surveillance laws. We have said from the beginning that Congressional action is needed to restore trust here at home and globally in our government and the technology sector. The USA Freedom Act would have effectively ended indiscriminate bulk collection of data and brought much needed transparency to the process by allowing tech companies to report information about the government orders they receive for access to data.
“Unfortunately, now, the path forward is shaky and uncertain. We call on Congress to remain committed to finish the necessary steps to ensure that surveillance authorities appropriately protect peoples’ privacy and civil liberties while enabling a lawful and legitimate access to data by the government.”
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