Feb 22 2015

Christian Science Monitor

Sen. Thom Tillis, for instance, wants to make sure intelligence and law enforcement have the tools they need, but he does have "a concern" with bulk collection. "If people feel like their privacy is being threatened - not just the phone conversations they have, what they do on the Internet - those kinds of things could undermine our economic backbone in the country and the world," the North Carolina senator told Passcode. "People want to know there are appropriate safeguards."

Still, Senator Tillis says he wants to know more about "whose shoulders to burden" for surveillance reform, especially when it may mean having the NSA gather phone records directly from private company databases. "Even capturing that data can be very expensive, it's not clear to me they're set up for this," Tillis says, determined any changes should be made "in a way that's not burdensome for the industry."

He also supports people taking stronger precautions to keep their data secure from hackers and bad actors with the newest technology available - at a time when the FBI and other intelligence officials are lambasting tech companies' new, stronger encryption technologies they claim make it difficult to decode suspected terrorists or criminals' communications. "The private sector should do everything they can to continue to innovate so at the end of the day the individuals' privacy is protected to the maximum ability."

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