Tech giants urge Congress to enact FISA surveillance reforms

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Facebook, Google, Amazon, and more are preparing for a major battle on Capitol Hill.

Several major tech companies are asking for reforms to a major government surveillance program, according to a letter obtained by Axios.

Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Uber, Microsoft, and Amazon were among the companies that sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the website reported.

In the letter, companies ask lawmakers to consider reforming Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a key provision that allows the collection of internet data of foreign citizens. The section has been criticized because they say American citizens’ data can be scooped up as part of the process.

FISA is set to expire at the end of the year and would need to be reauthorized by Congress.

In the letter, the major tech companies want lawmakers to consider several reforms to FISA—including increasing government oversight of the program and giving tech companies more leeway in discussing data requests they receive, according to Axios. Many times companies receive a “gag order” when handed government data requests.

The letter also reportedly asks for lawmakers to consider narrowing a definition in FISA “to reduce the likelihood of collecting information about non-U.S. persons who are not suspected of wrongdoing.”

H/T: Axios

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).