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Tech sector denounces bill requiring firms report terrorist activity

Christian Science Monitor:

In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., attacks, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders introduced a bill Tuesday requiring social media companies notify law enforcement of terrorist activity on their platforms.

“This bill is actually a provision that has already been thoroughly debated, and roundly rejected, by free speech advocates and tech companies,” said Emma Llansó, who directs the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

The overly broad proposal, Ms. Llansó said, could lead to “massive over-reporting by companies who are trying to make sure they are not going to incur any legal liability for failing to report – meaning thousands of Americans will be reported to the government under the banner of association with terrorist activity, including potentially private communications that the government wouldn’t ordinarily just be able to demand the companies hand over.”

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