There has been a lot of concern lately over our government spying on us and considering the amount of technology that we own these days, not to mention how much of it is online, it would also seem like this would be too easy for anyone to listen if they had the correct tools. To that extent it seems that several big tech companies have bandied together and decided that enough is enough, and that the government should perform an NSA reform. These tech companies include the likes of Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Twitter. The companies have reportedly put a letter together to President Obama and Congress which is expected to appear in national print ads starting on Monday, according to The Hill.
What the coalition of tech companies are looking for would be to limit the government’s authority to collect user information, oversight and accountability, transparency about government demands, respecting the free flow of information, and avoiding conflicts among governments, such as in the case where the US government was reportedly caught red-handed spying on their allies. According to Google’s CEO, Larry Page, “The security of users’ data is critical, which is why we’ve invested so much in encryption and fight for transparency around government requests for information,” while Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, added, “It is time for the United States government to act to restore the confidence of citizens around the world.”
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