Tell Congress: Don’t Make Internet Spying Powers Permanent
The U.S. government’s Internet spying powers are set to expire at the end of this year. As Congress considers the looming deadline for reauthorization, lawmakers should be looking to rein in warrantless spying on millions of innocent people, not trying to make it permanent.
The law behind the NSA’s sweeping Internet surveillance programs—Section 702, as enacted by the FISA Amendments Act—is set to expire at the end of 2017. Built-in expiration dates like this force lawmakers to review, debate, and update wide-reaching surveillance laws that impact their constituents’ privacy.
The looming Section 702 sunset gives Congress a chance to rein in the warrantless surveillance of millions of innocent people’s online communications. But some have another, much more dangerous idea.
Sen. Tom Cotton and a group of other Senate Republicans recently introduced a bill (S. 1297) that would not only reauthorize Section 702 without making much-needed changes, but it would also make the law permanent, effectively forfeiting lawmakers’ responsibility to periodically reexamine Section 702 and the impact it has on their constituents.
It would be unacceptable for Congress to ignore our privacy concerns and hand off their obligation to review surveillance law.
Sign our petition and tell Congress to oppose S. 1297.
With the sunset of Section 702 looming, Congress should be reining in the warrantless surveillance of innocent people’s online communications, not making Section 702 permanent. Lawmakers should oppose S. 1297 from Sen. Tom Cotton.