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I received the following email about privacy in USA on 29/01/2020 and felt it worth sharing with you:

"A bill has finally been introduced to rein in the worst parts of the PATRIOT Act and put basic limits on mass government surveillance.

Call Congress at (202) 919-7073 note that @Bingst advises that this may be a phishing number so please use the number that he has supplied (202) 224-3121 and tell your lawmakers to support the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act now.

Five years ago, Edward Snowden risked everything to reveal that the NSA had been secretly using Section 215 of the controversial Patriot act to spy on millions of people’s private phone calls. This legislation would finally put an end to this massive phone-record-collection program. It will also prohibit warrantless location tracking and open an investigation into Section 215 surveillance of First Amendment-protected activities.

Passing this bill would be huge progress in the fight for privacy. Call Congress at (202) 919-7073 and tell your lawmakers to support the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act. Here’s what you can say:

“I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge you to support the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act. This bill would put an end to the controversial Call Detail Records program in Section 215 of the Patriot Act, prohibit location tracking, and provide more transparency and oversight of government surveillance. Thank you.”

Thanks for taking action to protect your right to privacy,"

Sarah and the team at Fight for the Future

Footnotes:

  1. [congress.gov]

Fight for the Future works to protect your rights in the digital age.

PO Box 55071 #95005 Boston, MA 02205

Obviously not being American anything that I say will not be listened to. Many thanks to Bing.

FrayedBear 9 Jan 29
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That is the phone number for "Demand Progress" which looks legit enough - but I agree with Bing - call the other number.

RavenCT Level 9 Jan 29, 2020
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I can't verify that phone number. Google search seems to indicate it's a cell number. I'd guess, while this is a legit piece of legislation, the number is for phishing purposes.

The phone number for both US House and US Senate appears to be (202) 224-3121, as retrieved from their respective web sites.

bingst Level 8 Jan 29, 2020

Thanks. That is interesting. I'll change the number in my posts.