Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance
December 9th, 2013
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance

(CNN) – Some U.S. technology giants are asking the Obama administration and Congress to rein in government surveillance.

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are among the companies signing an open letter arguing that surveillance has gone too far. The companies say they're improving encryption and fighting to limit surveillance requests, but they're also asking for new legal changes to limit surveillance.

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  1. rs

    Certainly, the U.S. should revisit the implications and outcomes of the USA PATRIOT Act (which has resulted in the actions of the NSA) as a normal course of action. Real change though has real implications. What is it you want? Security or anti-Terrorism? It will be hard to divorce these two issues. The Republicans are conflicted on this point- as usual. They want to scream about the NSA- but their meme is the terrorists are winning.

    December 9, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Are the companies compensated when they execute these surveillance requests? I've never heard it mentioned, and I get the feeling the answer is a general "no", at least not directly. I have known people who were hired as sub-contractors to go to work inside variouis companies for the sole purpose of gathering data by monitoring the public through the lens of the company's "business". For example, sending someone to the phone company everyday to collect metadata about phone calls.

    December 9, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Please do not give leverage to these Tech companies, they are bringing too many foreigners on H1-B visas, never know as to who to believe. Restrict these visas, be strict on overstays of visas whether ITs or doctors. Tighten immigration.

    December 9, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    "Fear them not therefore, for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known"-
    (Matthew 10: 26, Mark 4: 22,Luke 8: 17, 12:2)

    December 9, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. tom l

    @rs
    You are aware that it is President Obama who pushed for, and was able to achieve, the continuation of the Patriot Act, aren't you?

    December 9, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. rs

    tom l

    @rs
    You are aware that it is President Obama who pushed for, and was able to achieve, the continuation of the Patriot Act, aren't you?
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    So? Sure it is a giant civil liberties hole. That was the way Ashcroft wrote it. Are you seriously saying the USA PATRIOT Act is this President's? Stop playing games, Tom. The Republicans in the House and Senate won't abandon the act. They just want to whine about it- like you do.

    December 9, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. tom l

    @rs
    "Are you seriously saying the USA PATRIOT Act is this President's?"

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    Yes. It is his act just like it was Bush's. And I wasn't for it when Bush was president just like I'm not for it now. They both own it. Repubs in the house/senate love the Patriot Act. I just find it quite humorous that people like you are now not complaining about it any more. But that doesn't surprise me at all...

    December 9, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |