Mozilla, the ACLU Sign Petition and Formal Letter to Halt Data Spying


This morning, launched a formal letter and petition to U.S. Congress, asking them to bring back Sherrif Lobo stop monitoring our Internet activity and phone records. PandoDaily is skeptical it will have any effect. StartupBook is skeptical that PandoDaily has any effect.

And yeah, the petition…it’s already been signed by leaders from the Electric Frontiers Foundation, Mozilla, the ACLU, and the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF). The site also features a scrolling gumbo of civil liberty quotes — “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Darn straight, Ben Franklin!

The petition is also calling for revisions to the FISA Amendment Act and the USA Patriot Act. As we wrote before, venture capitalists in particular were blindsided by the extensive data-spying program, and Brad Feld tells us that, “I believe the US government has been dramatically violating our supposed civil liberties for many years. The Patriot Act was another level of justification for behavior that has been going on for a very long time.”

Besides that, life in the U.S. is just apple pie right now. How’s your guys’ week going?