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Senators, Google push for transparency at surveillance court

Grant Gross | June 12, 2013
The legislation and the request from Google follow news reports of massive NSA suveillance of U.S. residents

Last December, Merkley introduced the bill as an amendment to the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act, the bill that authorizes the surveillance court. The bill would declassify the rulings related to provisions in the FISA Amendments Act and the Patriot Act used to gain access to Verizon phone records and the communications of customers of nine tech companies, he said.

The amendment failed at the time, but had the support of 37 senators.

A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman didn't immediately respond to questions about the legislation or Google's request.

Other sponsors of the legislation include Senators Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat; Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican; Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat; Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat; Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat; and Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

 

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