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Reform Government Surveillance statement on the filing of amicus briefs in support of Apple

Reform Government Surveillance companies are supporting Apple in the current litigation. As technology companies, we want to keep people safe, we want to stop crime, and accordingly, we cooperate with law enforcement in ways that are consistent with the law.  But we do not believe that the law allows the government to demand that a company create new software that supplies a backdoor to a secure technology.

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Statement from the Reform Government Surveillance coalition on legislation to create the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges 

Reform Government Surveillance members believe that the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges is an important option to consider in the debate about law enforcement access to encrypted content.  Given that there are no ‘backdoors’ into encrypted systems or devices that would also maintain the security of what’s on those systems and devices, we hope that a commission can engage in a thoughtful dialogue that respects the security of users and their information, while ensuring that law enforcement has tools to fight crime and terrorism.  We hope that same thoughtful dialogue will occur as the Commission looks at other issues related to law enforcement access to data in light of new technologies and their global reach.

Reform Government Surveillance Statement Regarding Encryption and Security 

Reform Government Surveillance companies believe it is extremely important to deter terrorists and criminals and to help law enforcement by processing legal orders for information in order to keep us all safe.  But technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers’ information. 

Reform Government Surveillance Applauds Judicial Redress Act Passage in the Senate 

Reform Government Surveillance applauds Senate passage of the Judicial Redress Act, and urges the House to pass the amended bill as quickly as possible.  The Judicial Redress Act offers basic privacy protections for the data of citizens of countries that afford the same protections to US citizens.  Its final passage will insure that U.S. and European law enforcement can finalize an agreement that will keep our citizens safe and protect their privacy.    

RGS Applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Judicial Redress Act, Urges Swift Action in the Full Senate

We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving forward with the Judicial Redress Act this morning.  This legislation was passed by the House of Representatives last October by unanimous consent, and it is vital to protecting law enforcement’s ability to share data with our European partners.  We are encouraged that members of the committee have worked on the bill in a bipartisan manner, and we urge the full Senate move the bill forward quickly.

Statement of Reform Government Surveillance on Senate Passage of the USA Freedom Act:

We commend the Senate for passing the USA Freedom Act, a bill that makes significant progress in reforming U.S. government surveillance programs and practices. The action today shows the United States' leadership in ensuring transparency and accountability of government actions that impact the privacy and trust of Internet users.

RGS Statement on the Senate’s vote to proceed on the USA Freedom Act:

We commend the Senate for overwhelmingly voting 77-17 to proceed on the USA Freedom Act.  The expiration of certain authorities tonight should not stop consideration of the bill, especially as the legislation contains significant reforms beyond the expiring provisions.  Congress should act to pass USA Freedom this week.  As the Senate considers amendments to the bill, we urge it to avoid adding any provisions that weaken the prohibition of bulk collection of Internet metadata, mandate data retention, or otherwise introduce new concepts or definitions that weaken consumers’ trust in the Internet.

Statement of Reform Government Surveillance on the Senate's Sunday Vote:

Reform Government Surveillance urges the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act when it returns Sunday afternoon.  The bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House, is the best option for protecting national security and preserving civil liberties.  The Senate should avoid adding any provisions that weaken the prohibition of bulk collection of Internet metadata, mandate data retention, or otherwise introduce new concepts or definitions that weaken consumers’ trust in the Internet.

Statement of Reform Government Surveillance on Senate vote on USA Freedom Act:

Even though 57 Senators joined with 338 Members of the House from both parties to vote for surveillance reform that could have protected national security, strengthened civil liberties and bolstered trust in the Internet, the Senate disappointedly voted last night to not proceed on consideration of the USA Freedom Act.

As the Senate plots a path forward on the issue, we urge it to consider that there remains bipartisan consensus – and significant sentiment from constituents across the United States - that it is time to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information. It is essential that any proposals in this area be narrowly tailored, contain essential transparency requirements, and prohibit bulk collection of Internet metadata.

The Senate’s failure to act only makes it more critical that Congress address surveillance reform in the future. We will continue to work with Congress, the Administration, the intelligence community, and civil society to ensure that meaningful reforms that protect national security and individual rights are achieved.
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