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Congress Must Shut the Backdoor on Section 702 Surveillance

The fight over NSA surveillance is about to heat up again. This week, the House will consider a measure that would require the NSA and other government agencies to follow due process and obtain a warrant to collect the communications of American citizens. Through an amendment to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017, the House could defund warrantless government searches of the database of information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

06/15/2016
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With Viber’s Latest Update, Congress is Losing the Encryption Battle

WhatsApp, the popular online messaging service, recently changed the landscape of the encryption debate after announcing that their entire platform, between all devices, would offer end-to-end encryption. This announcement was made on the tail end of Apple’s dispute with the FBI, precisely about breaking into encrypted iPhones. This past week, Viber, another popular messaging app, announced that their latest update would also include end-to-end encryption for all of its users. While this may just seem like another example of encryption making its way onto popular apps, the case with Viber is particularly more salient in proving just how futile it is for Congress to try to restrict encryption.

04/22/2016
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FreedomWorks Opposes Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill

Following the release of a draft version of the Compliance with Court Orders Act by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

04/14/2016
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Anti-Encryption Bill is an Affront to Privacy, Technological Security

In recent months, the government has regularly been unable to underscore technological security and privacy in the digital sphere, as more and more tech companies turn to encrypting their data. From the Apple case to the recent WhatsApp encryption overhaul, individuals have witnessed a glimmer of hope that their privacy may once again be protected from government interference. However, this consumer privacy is in danger once more as Congress seeks to nullify the system of encryption.

04/13/2016
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WhatsApp Extending Encryption to Billions, Protecting Privacy Worldwide

The debate regarding encryption and privacy in the digital age has become a hot-button issue in light of the recent legal struggles between Apple and the FBI. Many technology producers and consumers have become particularly concerned with their messaging privacy, fearing similar compelled actions forced by governments. In response to these concerns, the developers at WhatsApp have taken a strong stance in favor of encryption, protecting the privacy rights of people around the world.

04/07/2016
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Civil Disobedience at Apple

Engineers at Apple are drawing a line in the sand. According to The Hill, multiple employees of the company have stated that they will outright refuse to comply with orders from the FBI to weaken iPhone security, should the agency prevail in an ongoing court battle. For some, this would mean resigning from the company, for others, simply declining to write specific code, whatever the cost may be to their professional futures.

03/18/2016
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Three Reasons Conservatives Should Care About the Apple Fight

The FBI is trying to frame its ongoing battle with Apple over iPhone encryption as a matter of freedom vs. security, claiming you have to give up one if you want the other. In fact, once you understand both the facts and the implications of what the FBI is asking Apple to do, it turns out to be a case of security vs. security, and the FBI’s position is the one that will make us all less safe.

03/15/2016
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FreedomWorks Urges Against Rash Action in Encryption Debate

Following the introduction of legislation by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to establish the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

03/01/2016
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Hasty Action on Encryption Could Threaten Americans’ Internet Security

Following Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) statement about bypassing Congress’ encryption commission, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

01/21/2016
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FreedomWorks’ Digital Bill of Rights

As more and more of our activities move online and the internet plays an integral role in our day to day lives, it must be remembered that the rights we enjoy as American citizens do not stop at technology’s doorstep. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the protections established in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights serve Americans in the digital world just as effectively as they do in the real world. With this in mind, we therefore propose a Digital Bill of Rights:

12/10/2015