The Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013

Today Tammy introduced the Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013 – a piece of legislation that strengthens transparency, oversight and accountability on National Security Agency domestic surveillance; protects Americans’ right to privacy under the 4th Amendment and improves constitution due process procedures in relation to Intelligence Community (IC) and law enforcement information sharing.

“Over ten years ago, I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act because I believed it would open the door to government overreach. We have now seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency have crossed the line. I believe that we must fight terrorism while also protecting our American freedoms. This legislation improves transparency, oversight and accountability on National Security Agency domestic surveillance. It also helps ensure that our counter-terrorism efforts respect the constitutional civil liberties and freedoms of the American people.”

--- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

The Freedoms and Privacy Act will strengthen the transparency, oversight and accountability of the over-zealous actions of our government’s intelligence infrastructure and FISA collection minimization procedures. In conjunction with other FISA-reform measures in front of the Senate, this will restore the needed safeguards to ensure both Americans’ security and constitutional rights are protected.

The Freedoms and Privacy Act has earned the support of U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D.Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

“The information collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is often shared with civilian law enforcement for criminal prosecutions. This legislation would clarify the rules for using surveillance information for domestic law enforcement to improve protections for both American security and Americans’ constitutional rights. It will require government agencies to be more open about their rules for handling the personal information of regular Americans with no connection to suspicious activity. Importantly, it will also require defense counsel to be notified whenever FISA information is used in criminal cases.”

--- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

"Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we learned about the importance of sharing information about international terrorism between intelligence agencies and law enforcement. But we need to ensure that any personal information collected on innocent Americans with no connection to terrorism or espionage is shared appropriately with law enforcement entities. We need strong, appropriate privacy protections. We also must ensure that the federal government provides appropriate notice when it uses information collected under or derived from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in domestic law enforcement cases. This bill would protect our security while also putting in place important constitutional safeguards."

--- U.S. Senator Mark Udall