Congress Still Has a Long Way to Go On Surveillance Reform

Alan McQuinn August 20, 2015
August 20, 2015

Passing the USA Freedom Act this summer marked an important step forward on surveillance reform, but Congress has more work to do to address the unresolved negative impact that surveillance is having on U.S. tech competitiveness, writes Alan McQuinn in Roll Call. Since the revelations by Edward Snowden of extensive U.S. government surveillance, the U.S. tech industry has lost global market share—likely losing more than $35 billion as a result. To turn back the tide of tech-protectionism and boost U.S. tech competitiveness, Congress and the Obama administration should establish new standards for transparency, cooperation, and accountability.