The Global Network Initiative joined a broad coalition of civil society groups, trade associations, companies and investors, signing an open letter to Congressional leadership calling on Congress to reform U.S. intelligence surveillance practices.

“Recent disclosures regarding intelligence surveillance activity raise important concerns about the privacy and security of communications. This surveillance has already eroded trust that is essential to the free flow of information and to the exercise of human rights and civil liberties both in the United States and around the world,” the letter stated.

The signatories welcomed the USA FREEDOM Act, while stressing the importance of working on this and other legislation to protect the privacy of Internet users, while permitting appropriately targeted intelligence surveillance necessary to protect against terrorism.

The coalition letter, which includes a list of all signatories, is available here.