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ServInt Joins Coalition to Reform Section 215 of USA PATRIOT Act

ServInt, a provider of managed cloud hosting for businesses worldwide, today announced it has joined a coalition of more than 40 organizations demanding that the U.S. Congress reform Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act has been used as the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. That section is up for renewal on June 1, 2015.  ServInt believes that the status quo is unacceptable, and that it is urgent that Congress move forward with reform.

Consequently, ServInt has signed a letter sent to U.S. government officials from privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies and trade associations — including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, ServInt partner CloudFlare, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition).

“Surveillance reform is urgently needed to restore consumer faith in the cloud,” said ServInt President Christian Dawson.  “ServInt believes that mass surveillance is wrong and we are committed to doing everything we can to stop it, on behalf of our customers and the industry as a whole.”

The letter listed the elements all signers agreed are essential to any effort to reform our nation’s surveillance laws.  These include a clear, strong, and effective end to bulk collection practices, as well as transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting.

To view the full text of the letter and the list of signers, click here.

ServInt has been one of the Internet industry’s most vocal critics of the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs, and has called on legislators to help restore the image of the United States as a country that cares about privacy and the rule of law.

ServInt recently updated its Privacy Policy to narrow the circumstances in which law enforcement can request customer data from ServInt without a warrant.  ServInt has announced it will disclose all requests for its customer data unless a specific statute requires the Company to keep the request secret.

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