Google, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter issue open letter to President Obama to curtail an NSA run amok


The Silicon Valley giants are taking the NSA snooping matter in their own hands. Fully aware about the damage on their reputation as US companies, done by what started with the inconspicuously named Patriot Act, and extended to overarching electronics surveillance by the NSA, they issued an open letter to President Obama and Congress with the following content:


We guess the news that NSA under General Keith Alexander went as far as tapping the underseas cables that transport the internet traffic to companies like Google and Microsoft was the last drop. General Alexander was announced to be resigning from his duties as NSA chief, but the systems he built are likely still operational, and Microsoft already took measures to encrypt the traffic to and from its servers against NSA surveillance

Now with the open letter of Apple, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, AOL and Yahoo, the tech giants, which represent quite a large chunk of US GDP, are urging for more transparency. Who can blame them - under the gag orders from the secretive FISA court, they can't mention how many requests for disclosing information they are getting by the NSA, let alone the snooping specifics, which might result in exodus of users looking for spy-free alternatives.

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12 Comments

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

7. Obama

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

lol yeah right!

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, more transparency is needed for sure.

2. android_hitman unregistered

that's crap. they just want to cover their asses

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

1. skuld

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

united as one!

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 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: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The government takes pictures of mail as well. Poor man's metadata.

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