The Project for Privacy and Surveillance Accountability (PPSA) is pleased to add our name to a long list of distinguished civil liberties organizations in endorsing The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act (SAPRA) of 2020. This legislation, supported by a bipartisan coalition of Progressive and Freedom Caucus members, should provide a strong benchmark for the House Judiciary Committee as it drafts its reauthorization of Section 215, which governs government access to our personal data held by businesses.
PPSA hopes SAPRA guides the HJC to craft Section 215 reauthorization with these strong protections.
We also propose that the HJC should go even farther than SAPRA to include greater First Amendment protections and expanded reliance by the FISC courts on amici. PPSA will be open to endorsing other strong bills in this spirit that arise in the House and Senate.