Major Tech Companies Including Apple, Microsoft and Google Demand Increased Government Transparency
There has been considerable public anger directed at the U.S. government following the internet and phone surveillance leaks from former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Millions of people are shocked and annoyed at the extent to which the NSA apparently tracks the public’s calls and web use. There was also annoyance directed at big U.S. tech companies that have been accused of supplying data far too obligingly to the government. It seems that these tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Google are attempting to refocus the anger on the government, by demanding increased NSA transparency. A letter has been sent to President Obama by these tech giants and others like Facebook and Twitter, along with advocacy groups and trade associations, demanding more transparency from the U.S. government regarding the full extent of NSA internet and telephone surveillance. This letter was published on Thursday, and requests the U.S. government to allow tech, phone and web-based companies to be more transparent and publish national security-related requests. The government should also publish a “transparency report” on its surveillance practices, according to the letter. Do you think the U.S. government will listen to these companies?
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