Today, ThoughtWorks, a global technology firm, joined more than 50 organizations in an open letter to Congress opposing the FISA Improvements Act sponsored by Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) and issued the following statement:
“The recent federal judge’s ruling that the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program is likely unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment is the latest confirmation that mass surveillance is incompatible with a democratic society,” said Joanna Parke, Managing Director of ThoughtWorks in North America. “Meaningful legislative reform is urgently needed in many countries, but the FISA Improvements Act falls unacceptably short of the mark by actually codifying practices that undermine constitutional and human rights. Dragnet surveillance is destroying the trust that enabled the global internet to drive unprecedented levels of efficiency, engagement and innovation and it must be unconditionally ended."
The letter to House and Senate Leadership strongly opposing the FISA Improvements Act was signed by ThoughtWorks and more than 50 civil liberties groups and other organizations advancing the public interest, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), American Civil Liberties Union, reddit and CREDO Mobile.
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For more information, read 54 Civil Liberties and Public Interest Organizations Oppose the FISA Improvements Act posted on EFF's website and the National Journal's article, Feinstein's NSA Bill is Officially on Life Support.