EPIC, joined by over 2,000 members of the public, leading privacy experts, and journalists, has again petitioned the National Security Agency, urging the suspension of the NSA domestic surveillance program pending public comments. EPIC, joined by leading privacy experts including James Bamford, Whitfield Diffie, and Bruce Schneier, first petitioned the agency on June 17, 2013. Because the NSA has failed to respond, EPIC has renewed the petition on a weekly basis. EPIC's petition states "NSA's collection of domestic communications contravenes the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and violates several federal privacy laws, including the Privacy Act of 1974, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as amended." EPIC's petition further states that NSA's domestic surveillance "substantively affects the public to a degree sufficient to implicate the policy interests" that require public comment, and that "NSA's collection of domestic communications absent the opportunity for public comment is unlawful." By law, the NSA is required to respond. EPIC intends to renew its request for a public rule making each week until the NSA responds. For more information and to join EPIC’s petition, see EPIC: NSA Petition also #NSApetition.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler