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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , USA Freedom Act , House Judiciary Committee , Patriot Act , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NSA

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT

Senators seek information on FBI cell tracking

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement's use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data.

Tags: Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Chuck Grassley , cell phone data , FBI , privacy , Technology

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 09:20am EST

Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

The House is close to considering a bill to drastically change the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The bill was approved by the Judiciary and Intelligence committees last week. It would end the NSA's practice of storing telecommunications meta-data in its own data centers. For what to expect next, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Julian Hattem, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper.

Tags: Julian Hattem , The Hill , NSA , Congress , House ,

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:37am EDT

Congress extends foreign surveillance law

Tags: Congress , FISA ,

Friday - 12/28/2012, 03:46pm EST

Feds' use of surveillance devices rises sharply

The Justice Department's use of electronic devices to intercept phone numbers, email addresses and online information has climbed by 64 percent since 2009, according to a study of records released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Justice Department , ACLU , Technology

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 07:02pm EDT

Crime cameras installed in College Park

More than a dozen surveillance cameras targeting crime have been installed and will go online in the next few days near the University of Maryland, WTOP has learned.

Tags: crime cameras , College Park , University of Maryland , Neal Augenstein

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 02:42pm EDT

Neighborhood watch for the internet?

Boeing to acquire cybersecurity company

Tags: Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Boeing , NSA , Technology

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 08:30am EDT