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Government Watch
October 30, 2013, 05:00 AM

Federal government

• U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, an eight-year veteran of the House Intelligence Committee and current ranking member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, is part of a bipartisan group of more than 70 House members who introduced legislation to comprehensively reform U.S. national security laws.

The legislation, known as the USA FREEDOM Act, comes after revelations in recent months that the U.S. intelligence community has trampled on the personal privacy and civil liberties of Americans by regularly collecting their “metadata” telephone records. Metadata refers to telephone numbers, time and duration of phone calls, according to Eshoo’s office.

The legislation would increase transparency at the secret court that reviews and approves the government’s surveillance requests and make several other reforms to shine light on our intelligence agencies, including allowing Internet companies to disclose estimates of the number of FISC orders they receive each year, and how many users are impacted, according to Eshoo’s office.

 

 

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