Tech companies call for an end to NSA online snooping

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December 9, 2013

Leaders of the world’s eight largest Internet companies Monday urged President Obama to end online mass surveillance and bulk data-gathering, like that revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.

Top executives from AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo published an open letter to the president and Congress in newspaper and online adverts. They called for a bold effort to make the United States a model for how governments across the world ought to handle the vast quantities of detailed, real-time data that all citizens’ electronic communications leave in the hands of technology companies.

“We urge the United States to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight,” the executives write.

In a set of principles expanding on the letter’s themes and published online (at National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.” href=”/admin/stories/story/add/Leaders of the world’s eight largest Internet companies Monday urged President Obama to end online mass surveillance and bulk data-gathering, like that revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.” target=”_blank”>http://ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com), the companies demand for the first time an end to the huge-scale vacuuming-up of the communications of millions of people not even suspected of any wrongdoing.

“Governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications,” the principles state.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • modernminuteman says:

    This is not even enough for the government watches us in far too numerous ways even though the internet is a big one but they use smart meters, devicec on cars and cell phones etc.

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    The kind of thing these internet companies are asking for just can’t be allowed as it interferes with the final development of our police state.

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