On December 11, 2015, SIIA and other associations sent a letter to Vice Chairman Diane Feinstein and Chairman Richard Burr of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the Senate bill S. 2372, The Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act.
On Monday, Senate leaders dropped a provision from the Senate’s 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill that would have created an obligation for social media companies and others to report undefined “terrorist activity” to the U.S. government. This is a big relief. SIIA recently came out strongly opposed to the proposal saying, “This terrible idea would bring innocent people under government surveillance for protected expression, while doing nothing to make us safer. The Senate should drop the provision.” We are delighted that they have done so.