Stop the FISA Improvements Act

The FISA Improvements Act of 2013 is a new bill promoted by Senator Dianne Feinstein which would bolster some of the worst NSA surveillance programs and grant new authority to the NSA to engage in surveillance.

We won!

The FISA Amendments Act never moved forward. Instead, the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act by 67-32 on June 2, 2015, marking the first time in over thirty years that both houses of Congress have approved a bill placing real restrictions and oversight on the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers. The weakening amendments to the legislation proposed by NSA defender Senate Majority Mitch McConnell were defeated. Technology users everywhere should celebrate, knowing that the NSA will be a little more hampered in its surveillance overreach, and both the NSA and the FISA court will be more transparent and accountable than it was before the USA Freedom Act.

The FISA Improvements Act of 2013 is a new bill promoted by Senator Dianne Feinstein which would bolster some of the worst NSA surveillance programs and grant new authority to the NSA to engage in surveillance.


Senator Feinstein is touting this proposal as a way to address the problems with uncontrolled NSA spying, but don’t be fooled: it’s a fake fix.

The Fake Fix is designed to:

  • Authorize the NSA’s practice of collecting phone records of hundreds of millions of innocent Americans.
  • Authorize the NSA to engage in bulk collection of Internet communication records—an extremely invasive program the government tried in the past, but shut down because it was useless.
  • This bill isn’t designed to rein in the NSA spying programs.

It won’t end bulk data collection by the NSA, and it won’t stop unconstitutional surveillance on our communications. It offers fig-leaf transparency and oversight provisions while embracing NSA surveillance.

The Fake Fix is already out of committee and the Senate could begin voting on it soon. Please act quickly to help us defeat this terrible bill. Send a letter to your members of Congress and tell them to oppose Senator Feinstein’s Fake Fix and support real reform to end mass surveillance.