Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter issue open letter to President Obama to curtail an NSA run amok
NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland
Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.
We urge the US 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. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo
5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 807; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
About time! They should have done this last year and pushed their lobbyists to fight this from the start as well as the safe return of Snowden with immunity.
9. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
How about we the people stand up and fight for our own rights. We can complain on these tech sites but won't get off our asses to send congress a letter to repeal that busted patriot act thats strips you the people of the rights that the founding fathers wrote into the United States Constitution.
11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 807; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
There is already a petition to treat email with the same rights that are provided for in regular mail. I have already signed it and suggest others here to do the same.
There are others but sadly the will of the people means little nowadays compared to the money of the companies and lobbyists.
12. Augustine (Posts: 433; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The government takes pictures of mail as well. Poor man's metadata.
2. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
that's crap. they just want to cover their asses
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5280; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
What everyone of those companies are silent about is that they provide their data to the alphabet agencies (not just NSA) every day. It just requires a court order. NSA just didn't want to be bothered with the court order routine.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2096; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes, more transparency is needed for sure.
4. alterecho (Posts: 939; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Even if the US government accepts, these people are gonna believe their word?
Its just an eyewash for the public.
If they were able to tap into the underwater cables, tapping into buildings on land is nothing.
8. Augustine (Posts: 433; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Once upon a time, there was the land of the free, home of the brave. But now, it is imprisoned by fear of what is without and there are no braves to stand up to tyranny within.
10. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Sounds like Nazi Germany all over again reeling it's ugly head ever so gently. Remember Hitler wanted to protect the citizens of Germany from others as well. Today the word terrorism is used to get you to feel that you need big brother to strip you of your rights to protect you from something that really doesn't exist.
Who is protecting us from Government going the way of a totalitarian police state ever so slowly? Food for thought for those sleeping or unaware.