GNI Urges President Obama, US Government to Enact Reforms on National Securities Surveillance Laws, Policies, Practices

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By mraadmin February 20, 2014 08:07 Updated

GNI Urges President Obama, US Government to Enact Reforms on National Securities Surveillance Laws, Policies, Practices

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) has urged President Obama and the US Government to enact reforms to US National Securities Surveillance Laws, Policies and Practices in order to ensure right based approach to National Security. This, GNI believes, will help to restore trust in the internet for users around the globe.

Mr. Jermyn Brooks, Independent Chair GNI

Mr. Jermyn Brooks, Independent Chair GNI

Based on the recommendations of the President’s review group on the Intelligence and Communication Technologies, and reflecting the views of ICT companies, investors, academics and civil societies, GNI made its own recommendations.  One of such recommendations by GNI is to end the bulk collection of communications metadata. According to GNI, “Bulk collection of communications metadata is a threat to privacy and freedom of expressions as a right of people in the United States and abroad. It also undermines any form of trust in the security of electronic communications services provided by the US companies. This includes bulk collection by governments, and mandates to companies or other third parties to store data that they would otherwise not retain.”

Another recommendation focused on protecting the right of non Americans. They said “the review group recognized the right to privacy of non-US persons under international human rights laws but their recommendations to limit the scope of surveillance of foreigners should be substantially strengthened.”

On the increase of surveillance practices, GNI recommended that the US government should “Specifically, continue to declassify key legal opinions and documents, place limits on the gag orders imposed on companies who receive FISA orders and National Securities letters and allow companies to regularly report statistics reflecting the national security surveillance orders they receive and the number of users specified in those orders.”

They concluded by saying that “Strong encryption is essential to maintaining the security and privacy of internet communications and commerce. The US government should support its use and immediately cease sabotaging security standards.”

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