The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released documents governing intelligence community dissemination of information regarding members of Congress and congressional staff, known as the "Gates Procedures" after former Director of Central Intelligence Robert Gates. The current procedures are available below, along with previous versions also provided by ODNI.
With the rise of modern technologies, the scope and scale of government surveillance has exploded. The use of digital communication has made communication more efficient, but also much more vulnerable. Governments, meanwhile, are increasing their capacity to exploit these vulnerabilities, and companies, their ability to thwart them. Both the PATRIOT act and the Snowden disclosures pushed the issue to the front of the national conversation. Today, the legal and policy debate—over what kind of surveillance tools are acceptable, against whom, and with with whose authorization—continues in full force.