Human Rights Watch and 5,000 websites kick off ‘The Day We Fight Back’

Since the international community were notified about the National Security Agency's collection of phone, email and internet data, many have voiced their desire to decrease the NSA's security clearance.

On February 11, 2014, more than 5,300 organizations like Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch wants Americans to call Congress and convince them to vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act, which would downsize the amount of surveillance the NSA has, the coalition's website reads.

"Since the first revelations last summer, hundreds of thousands of Internet users have come together online and offline to protest the NSA's unconstitutional surveillance programs," Free Press's Josh Levy added on the news release. "These programs attack our basic rights to connect and communicate in private, and strike at the foundations of democracy itself."

Unencrypted information that can be found within emails, search engine histories and phone records from major organizations are readily available to the NSA.

"The Day We Fight Back" organizers hope to have similar success as they did year when they shut down plans to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would have allowed businesses to shut down websites without a trial, as well as the Protect IP Act, the Huffington Post reported.

Also pending legislation is the FISA Improvements Act, which would allow phone carriers to collect massive amounts of data and phone records. Because this is not deemed as touchy of a subject for legislation, it is more likely that this law will pass than the USA Freedom Act — either bill could compromise a business's overall security in the United States. 

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