Government Surveillance

Our surveillance laws provide intelligence and law enforcement agencies with vast powers, but overbroad government surveillance is harmful to both civil liberties and business interests alike. Online services are premised on user trust, and that trust is undermined by loose rules for government access to user data.

Americans consistently cite government tracking as a top concern, and service providers have repeatedly noted that some prospective clients are reluctant to store their data in the U.S. due to the perception of weak rules for government access. We must establish clear rules for government collection of data that protect individual privacy and avoid burdening businesses in a way without harming legitimate law enforcement and national security priorities.

Please click on the following links to learn more about legislation Zoe has authored:

  • USA Rights Act: A bipartisan bill to reform a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the Constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals and other overseas intelligence targets.
  • The Secure Data Act: To protect Americans’ privacy and data security by prohibiting surveillance agencies from requiring or compelling surveillance “backdoors” in products and services.
  • Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act:  This bipartisan bill updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to give Internet users greater privacy from law enforcement data requests. It requires the government to get a warrant to obtain users’ online communications content (such as email messages) and geolocation information (such as cell phone tracking).
  • Surveillance Order Reporting ActThis bipartisan bill helps gives Americans a better idea of the scale of government surveillance.  It authorizes Internet and telecommunications companies to publicly report an estimate of the number of government surveillance orders they receive and the number of user accounts affected by those orders.
     

More on Government Surveillance

July 10, 2019 In The News

State and federal lawmakers are calling for new rules and investigations surrounding the use of facial-recognition scans of driver’s license databases by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies, fueling a debate over the technology some on Capitol Hill have said represents a “massive breach of privacy and trust.”

June 20, 2019 In The News

House lawmakers demand end to warrantless collection of Americans’ data

Two House lawmakers are pushing an amendment that would effectively defund a massive data collection program run by the National Security Agency i unless the government promises to not intentionally collect data of Americans.

The bipartisan amendment — just 15 lines in length — would compel the government to not knowingly collect communications — like emails, messages and browsing data — on Americans without a warrant.

May 10, 2018 Press Release
Zoe Lofgren led bipartisan lawmakers today reintroducing the Secure Data Act to protect Americans' privacy and data security by prohibiting surveillance and law enforcement agencies from forcing companies to insert encryption backdoors into their products and services, making them less secure.