Groups Push President For More Data Collection Reform

Legislators Join Call for Reform of Executive Order

The White House has been dialing back bulk data collection in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks and its fallout, but not enough for some.

Four members of Congress have signed on to a letter urging the President to reform a Reagan-era presidential (executive) order they argue still authorizes mass surveillance by the NSA and others with "no meaningful limits."

Signing on to the letter were Reps. John Conyers. Alan Grayson, Rush Holt and Zoe Lofgren, joining groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch.

"President Obama has the power to unilaterally change this Executive Order to stop the bulk collections of millions of users’ data, and thereby align U.S. surveillance practices more closely with international norms and law," say the groups.

Executive Order 12333 "allows intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance that profoundly violates the basic rights of internet users in the U.S.," the groups say

Unlike Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which has been the subject of Obama Administration reforms, "this Reagan-era policy not only allows for the bulk collection of metadata, but also the content of our communications — all via secret interpretations of a decades-old executive order," they argue.