CCIA to Senate: Warrantless Surveillance Could Hurt Economy
The Computer and Communications Industry Association sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday petitioning the body to be wary of any legislation broadly authorizing electronic surveillance. The letter warned of the possible ill effects of allowing warrantless wiretaps, among other measures, on not only the constitution, but also the economy.
The letter cited the potential harm that could come from a loss of consumer confidence in communications services that might give personal information to the government. CCIA President and CEO Ed Black said, “The loss of a sense of privacy in personal and confidential business communications will have a long term, harmful impact on the dynamic and innovative growth of our sector of the economy.”
Business-to-business communication might also be threatened, the letter contended, if a lack of confidentiality were to be perceived. This is not only a concern for the CCIA in the States, but abroad as well, where foreign surveillance practices threaten confidential communications. If U.S. domestic surveillance is too pervasive, the letter attests, U.S. companies could lose leverage with foreign powers who wish to use the same intrusive tactics.
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