Fight for Internet privacy begins: Google, Facebook, Twitter and more battle the NSA

Big tech firms have been the center of controversy over the last few months for caving to NSA requests to give up user data. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, AOL and LinkedIn have joined forces as a united front against government surveillance, urging the US government to rethink it’s stance on the issue. The following is an exerpt from their platform:

“The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.

While the undersigned companies understand that governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety and security, we strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed.

Consistent with established global norms of free expression and privacy and with the goals of ensuring that government law enforcement and intelligence efforts are rule-bound, narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight, we hereby call on governments to endorse the following principles and enact reforms that would put these principles into action.”

via Reform Government Surveillance

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