Mark Jaycox

Mark Jaycox is a Policy Analyst and Legislative Assistant for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His issues include user privacy, civil liberties, EULAs, and current legislation or policy rising out of Washington, DC

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Obama Administration Supports Privacy-Invasive "Cybersecurity" Bill
Right before Congress left for its annual summer vacation the Obama Administration endorsed the Senate Intelligence Committee's Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). EFF opposes the bill because its vague definitions, broad legal immunity, and new spying powers allow for a tremendous amount...
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:15pm
USA Freedom Act Passes: What We Celebrate, What We Mourn, and Where We Go From Here
The Senate passed the USA Freedom Act today by 67-32, marking the first time in over thirty years that both houses of Congress have approved a bill placing real restrictions and oversight on the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers. The weakening amendments to the legislation proposed by...
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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 8:15am
Section 215 Expires—For Now
Section 215 has expired. At least for now. The law that the NSA used to authorize its collection of vast amounts of information about the telephone calls of ordinary Americans is no more. Even though it’s likely temporary, it’s a good thing and we should pause to celebrate a little. The calls and...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 4:00pm
The Senate’s Excuses for Reauthorizing Section 215–and Why They’re Wrong
Three provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to delay taking action on the issue by calling for a two month or 5-year reauthorization of Section 215 —the provision of the Patriot Act the NSA relies on to collect millions of Americans call...
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:30pm
Senate Intelligence Chair to Constituents: I Don't Care What You Think
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HR 2048, the USA Freedom Act last week. The bill is an attempt by lawmakers to rein in the NSA and fix the infamous "business records program," which uses Section 215 of the Patriot Act to order telephone companies to hand over Americans' daily...
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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 2:30pm
The New USA Freedom Act: A Step in the Right Direction, but More Must Be Done
A bipartisan group of congressional leaders has reintroduced the USA Freedom Act. The bill is an attempt to rein in the intelligence community's " Collect It All " strategy, and passing USA Freedom is a first, small step in the right direction. However, it has serious faults that should be...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:45pm
Administration's New Cyber Threat Center Replaces Old Cyber Threat Center
This week the Obama administration is releasing its second Executive Order in as many years on computer ("cyber") security, which reports are saying will create a new department in the intelligence community to handle computer security threat information sharing. Officials are hailing the center as...
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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 2:30pm
The USA Freedom Act: What's to Come and What You Need to Know
The USA Freedom Act, the leading contender for NSA reform, is set for a vote this week. The bill has some problems , but is a major step forward for surveillance reform. That's why we're asking you to call your Senator and urge them to support the USA Freedom Act. Here's a rundown of what's to come...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:00pm
Americans Want More Privacy from Companies and Government
Pew released a report on Tuesday detailing the extensive privacy concerns of Americans. The report, which surveyed a nationally representative sample, highlighted their skepticism towards both corporate and government data collection, Americans' enthusiasm for privacy, and Americans' need for more...
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A member of CodePink protests as Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, right, breaks from a hearing before the House Select Intelligence Committee on October 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Views
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 1:15pm
A Deep Dive into the House's Version of Narrow NSA Reform: The New USA Freedom Act
NSA reform is finally moving in Congress. Last year, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the USA Freedom Act , one of the first comprehensive bills to address multiple aspects of the NSA's spying. The Senate version has languished since October, but last week the...
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