Lawmakers take on cyber security

Upset over recent National Security Administration surveillance revelations, state lawmakers throughout the nation are proposing bills to limit police tracking people. Measures have come from both Republicans and Democrats. Texas passed a law for more protections against email surveillance in 2013.

Late last year, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst sent Republican lawmakers in Washington a letter, asking them to look into whether the NSA tapped phones at Texas gun shows or tracked gun purchases there.

A recent University of Texas poll showed 81 percent of Texans see the NSA as a threat to their privacy. Some politicos saw Dewhurst’s letter as a chance to grab conservative voters in his re-election. Dewhurst is accused of not being conservative enough in the primary. He faces Senator Dan Patrick of Houston, who is a Tea Party favorite and received more votes than Dewhurst in round one. The winner will face Democratic nominee Senator Leticia Van de Putte this November.

South by Southwest recently made national headlines as accused NSA leaker Edward Snowden discussed surveillance and online privacy. He talked about collection and security, saying companies don’t need to hold data for long periods of time. Click here for an in-depth report on how SXSW highlighted privacy and surveillance online.

Congressman Michael McCaul also made an appearance at South by Southwest. He joined a panel to discuss the role music can play in American’s security and responded to Snowden’s discussion earlier in the festival. Click here for more.

Our political roundtable discussed cyber security in Texas. Their conversation can be seen in part three of this week’s program.

Several political races are still up in the air in Texas, as candidates across the state prepare for the May 27 primary runoff. Click here for a full list.

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