Lawmakers from both parties are increasingly pushing back against the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, with both Republicans and Democrats using a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing to chastise administration officials and call for new restrictions on their powers. Industry groups and civil-liberties campaigners also called for increased transparency about the programs. "The American people lack basic information about the scope of the government's surveillance of the Internet, information that many companies would eagerly share with their users if only they weren't gagged by the government," said Kevin Bankston of the Center for Democracy & Technology.

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