OpenMedia

Stop the Secrecy

Wired: Utahns are getting increasingly fed up with the NSA

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:48 -- David Christopher

Image by stephenmelkisethian on Flickr

Lawmakers in Utah have found a new way to push back against the NSA’s collection of citizens’ private data.

Article by Robert McMillan for Wired

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.
 
The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts, is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year, but it was debated in a Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee meeting on Wednesday. The bill, H.B. 161, directs municipalities like Bluffdale to “refuse support to any federal agency which collects electronic data within this state.”
 
The NSA brought its Bluffdale data center online about a year ago, taking advantage Utah’s cheap power and a cut-rate deal for millions of gallons of local water, used to cool the 1-million-square-foot building’s servers. Roberts’ bill, however, would prohibit the NSA from negotiating new water deals when its current Bluffdale agreement runs out in 2021.
 
Read more at Wired.com