Wyden: If We Do Not Reform Our Surveillance Laws, We Will Live To Regret It

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about domestic data collection and privacy laws Tuesday, arguing that secret law has no place in this country.

“If we do not seize this unique moment in out constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices we are all going to live to regret it,” he said in a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington. “The public was not just kept in the dark about Patriot Act programs. The public was actively misled.”

He added that the intelligence community has a culture of misinformation and specifically criticized cell phone location tracking, arguing that it “significantly impacts the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans.”

 

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