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SIIA Applauds USA FREEDOM Act; Says Surveillance Reform is Essential for U.S. Businesses
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software and digital content industries, today applauded the introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act, legislation which seeks to reform current U.S. surveillance laws while also reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act. In response, SIIA Vice President for Public Policy Mark MacCarthy urged Congress to pass this critical legislation, commenting:
“U.S. technological leadership continues to be challenged worldwide by questions about our current surveillance regime. Surveillance reform is an essential part of restoring international trust in U.S. businesses and ensuring America’s continued economic leadership.
“SIIA commends Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for introducing the USA FREEDOM Act, and for their commitment to ensuring that needed surveillance programs have safeguards that also provide for necessary privacy, transparency and accountability.
“SIIA looks forward to working with Congress as they work in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to enact essential legislation that provides for both U.S. national security objectives and individual privacy protection.”
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.