NDO Fairness Act Passes the House
Time for the Senate to Act!
Bob Goodlatte, PPSA Senior Policy Advisor and former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, reacted to the unanimous passage of the Non-Disclosure Order (NDO) Fairness Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill restricts the government’s currently unlimited ability to impose gag orders on telecom and digital companies. These gag orders keep these companies’ customers from learning that their sensitive, personal information has been surveilled by the government.
“This practice keeps thousands of Americans in the dark, never knowing that the government has snooped into their most sensitive, personal information – including communications that concern their health, financial transactions, and personal relationships,” Goodlatte said. “The NDO Fairness Act closes this privacy loophole in a way that balances the needs of the judicial process and public safety with the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans. When a bill is this popular – passing unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee and the full floor of the House – the Senate must take notice.
“At a time when just about everything is gridlocked in Washington, passing this measure would be a sure sign that Congress can get something done that appeals to Americans in both parties. PPSA and our civil liberties partners – left, right, and center – urge the Senate to pass the NDO Fairness Act.”
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