Witnesses Named For Surveillance Act Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy has set its witness list for a Nov. 13 hearing on The Surveillance Transparency Act, which was introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Al Franken (D-Minn.).

The Act would boost reporting of programs under the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Franken and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) reintroduced the bill last week.

Set to testify are Heller, Robert Litt, general counsel, office of the Director of National Intelligence;  Brad Wiegmann, deputy assistant attorney general, National Security Division, Department of Justice; Richard Salgado, director, law enforcement and information security matters, Google; and Kevin Bankston, director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.