Internet Governance

Help ServInt Protect Your Data — Support the USA FREEDOM Act

A while back, I wrote that the first important step in fixing surveillance in America and restoring faith in the Cloud was to let Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act expire on June 1. Today, I am recommending a new, better path forward.

Yesterday, a new version of the USA FREEDOM act was introduced. It doesn’t give us everything we want to stop mass surveillance, but as we discussed before, nothing will. This is a 10-year fight and we need to start somewhere. Starting here is even better than starting with Section 215. If S215 sunsets, there are still other ways to do bulk collection of data. USA FREEDOM addresses those too.

I have tried to explain before why it is so important for us to fight for the protection of your data, but a couple of weeks ago John Oliver did a better job than I ever could in his interview with Edward Snowden. If you haven’t watched it, stop reading this blog immediately and go do it.  In Oliver’s piece, he asks why there isn’t more outrage about the government having access to all our data, and makes a great, frequently hilarious case that there should be.

ServInt deals with a lot of confidential data.  We care about your data, so we built our system from the ground up to protect it. And we also fight for your privacy rights legislatively for the same reasons.

Our job is to make sure that the content you put on our network can be accessed quickly and reliably — and only by those you want to see it.  This last point is of paramount importance.  We are talking about private medical records and school transcripts, business intelligence, credit card information, and much more extremely confidential information.

We are going to fight to pass the USA FREEDOM Act. We urge you to do the same. You can help by spreading the word about the USA FREEDOM act today and encouraging your Congressperson to sponsor it, support it and vote for it.

Below is a list of links to some statements by organizations supporting this act so you can do a bit more research. One of them is a statement I put out for i2Coalition. Now is the time to spread the word and help make this important first change happen.

U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary statement & bill details

i2Coalition press release

Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) press release

Chart comparing 2014 and 2015 versions 

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  • The New York Times
  • The Hill
  • Bloomberg
  • The Seattle Times
  • Computer World
  • Ars Technica
  • MSNBC