A group of tech trade groups asked for protections when Congress takes up surveillance legislation this year.

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The key line:

"We urge your committees to ensure that any reauthorization includes meaningful safeguards for internet users' privacy and civil liberties, measures to ensure transparency and accountability, and a commitment to continued Congressional oversight."

Who signed: The letter to lawmakers at the helm of the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees was signed by six trade groups that represent both internet companies like Google and Facebook and longtime players like Intel and IBM.

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