What to know about the new privacy legislation introduced by the Senate Judiciary Committee
Breitbart News has reported that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has introduced the Protecting Americans from Government Secrecy Act of 2017 (H.R. 2880) into the U.S. Senate Judiciary, where it has already received a number of bipartisan support.
The bill, which is now awaiting Senate approval, would prevent government employees and contractors from collecting personal information from third-party websites or services that have shared sensitive data with the government without authorization.
“The data collection is a new and potentially problematic issue for the intelligence community,” Grassley said in a statement.
“We believe that the privacy protections should not be extended to private companies.
This is about protecting the privacy of the American people, not the privacy interests of a handful of corporations.”
The legislation, which would apply to information collected from websites and services that are not publicly traded, would also apply to companies providing services that collect personal information.
While the legislation would prevent data from being shared between government and private entities, the bill does not prohibit data from becoming publicly available to third parties, such as social media sites and the like.
In a statement, Grassley explained his support for the legislation.
“It is important that the intelligence services keep their customers’ information confidential,” Grassley stated.
“They are our most valued assets and are essential to protecting us and our interests.
It is vital that the United States continues to maintain the capability to use the full range of our national intelligence capabilities to protect the nation from the threats posed by foreign intelligence services, cyber attacks, and state sponsored terrorism.
The United States cannot and should not have to turn over every single piece of sensitive information to a foreign power.
This bill is a first step toward ensuring that the nation can continue to rely on our intelligence services.”
“We must also remain vigilant in protecting our civil liberties,” Grassley added.
“Our Constitution and laws have been the bedrock of our republic for almost a century.
This legislation will protect the American citizen and American institutions from any potential threats to civil liberties, privacy, and security.”
In his statement, the senator reiterated his support of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, which sought to require the government to obtain court warrants before disclosing certain sensitive data.
The USA FREEWAY Act of 2016 was also signed into law by President Obama.
The new bill is part of a larger effort by Grassley to make the intelligence and law enforcement community more accountable to the American public.
Grassley has also proposed legislation to expand transparency to the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense, and also proposed a number similar measures.
The proposed legislation would also require companies to notify the government if they share sensitive information with a third party without their consent.
However, as Breitbart News noted, the legislation has been opposed by some privacy advocates.
The senator also said he does not support the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA), which passed the House on Wednesday.
While he did not specify how he would amend the NDAA, he did say that he would “look to amend the Patriot Act to allow us to be able to access any and all sensitive information that is shared between the military and civilian intelligence communities.”
However, a spokesperson for Grassley, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News, told Breitbart News that the senator is still working on his bill.
“I think he’s looking at it very closely, but he has not yet made a decision,” said Sean Higgins, Grassley’s spokesperson.
“He has spoken to members of Congress and they are receptive to what he has proposed.
We will look to make that proposal as soon as possible.
We have already passed an amendment to allow the NSA and the military to share any and any data with private entities.
We are also looking at an amendment that would require the intelligence agencies to obtain a court order before disclosing sensitive information.
That is a significant reform and will allow the agencies to get access to even more information and data.
We believe it will be an improvement over the current system.”
The bill has been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, but has faced opposition from some privacy experts.
The Brennan Center for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization that monitors surveillance programs, has warned that the legislation could be used to “encourage and incentivize contractors to share information with the NSA without a court warrant,” according to the Brennan Center’s website.
“Such companies could then have their customers or customers of other companies’ customers, including the government, subjected to a government dragnet without probable cause,” the Brennan Centre said in an October report.
“Even if this amendment is passed, we expect to see significant and persistent government use of the Patriot Acts’ ‘general warrants’ and ‘secret orders’ in the years to come.”
The NDAA was also one of the first pieces of legislation introduced in the Senate during the Obama administration.
In the first few days of its passage, the Senate passed H.
R 2880 by a vote of 98-1, with four Republicans