Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs

A recent proposal in the U.S. Senate to curb the impact of electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency could enhance privacy for citizens and benefit businesses as well. However, major information technology companies that help the government collect telecom and Internet data still will be vulnerable to the substantial costs of working with the NSA, even if the proposed bill becomes law. The Senate initiative, called the “USA Freedom Act,” was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on July 29.

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