It’s been a big year for both sides of the surveillance debate in the United States. After passing the USA Freedom Act last year, surveillance has taken on new manifestations, justifications, and technologies in the fight against ISIS domestically. We’ve seen heated encryption battles between the FBI and tech companies, disputes over the extent of mass data collection, fights over the extension of warrantless searches of collected data, and an extra-Congressional approval of new hacking privileges in criminal investigations. All of this comes as privacy and transparency activists are gearing up for an opportunity to reform a central surveillance bill called the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), which needs to be reauthorized by Congress before December 2017. Just this week, the Senate held a hearing to begin their review of the surveillance programs run under FAA auspices, most importantly the mass collection of U.S. persons data under section 702 of the bill. Congress has many reasons to act, which we’re working to remind them of every day. While understanding that not all surveillance is bad, the chilling effects of mass surveillance are detrimental to the spirit of America, and taking away privacy protections like encryption have a discriminatory impact on communities of color – including ours. Once again, this is a fight to bring balance to the need for national security and the absolute imperative of protecting civil rights of U.S. citizens.