Tech Giants Lobby to Curb NSA SurveillanceAdded: Monday, December 1st, 2014
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A number of major tech and online companies are lobbying to curb US NSA surveillance powers, along with more transparency on data requests from the authorities.
Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Apple have formed the Reform Government Surveillance coalition and lobbied a bill through the Senate before the end of 2014, which would inhibit mass collection of information from emails and online metadata.
The coalition wrote an open letter to the Senate, urging it to pass the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which is claimed to both protect national security and reaffirm the commitment of the USA to the freedoms guaranteed by Constitution.
It should also be noted that the bill in question would allow tech companies to disclose the number and types of data requests from the authorities, making the process more transparent. The political observers point out that if the bill doesn’t pass through the Senate before the end of 2014, the whole process will have to restart in 2015, but then it will be scrutinized by a new Congress controlled by a Republican party, which tends to favor government surveillance. The bill was passed through the House of Representatives six months ago with bipartisan support and is currently set for a vote in the Senate.
Various privacy advocates and tech groups initially supported the bill, but many of them changed their mind after compromises expanded the definition of what information the government is able to gather.
In the meantime, the representatives of the electronics industry worldwide point out that the US tech companies have been hurt by reaction to the revelation of NSA surveillance. Some of them have already lost contracts with foreign governments worth millions of dollars. In addition, the chances are that some governments may limit the free flow of data across borders, thus damaging the functionality of the Internet.
Such tech giants as Apple and Google retaliated to the NSA revelations by offering their customers end-to-end encryption and improving security on mobile devices. Thanks to other tech firms, including Microsoft and Facebook, a limited transparency deal was struck with the government in February. They point out that the USA Freedom Act will enhance the deal by allowing firms greater freedom to disclose security demands for user data.
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Monday, December 1st, 2014
|posted by (2014-12-01 10:23:09)|
|ROFL US tech companies reveal they actually had consequences to selling out EVERYONE to the NSA to begin with. What I'm curious about are we now supposed to trust these same companies that they are suddenly concerned with privacy etc.|
Anyone believing this utter tripe must be either completely ignorant as to how much these companies allowed the NSA to take all our data with their FULL CO-OPERATION! Are we suddenly now expected to believe these companies are concerned for our privacy and actually care.
Only company I can recall actually caring BEFORE it was revealed they were handing OVER OUR information without a second thought to the NSA doesn't exist anymore. Luckily for some of us Lavabit DID actually care about OUR privacy as they claimed and lost everything because they DIDNT SELL US ALL OUT like these companies ALL DID!
|Wtf! Curb NSA Surveillance? There is no such a things. Don't trust no one! They just want to make you believe that they are one of "YOU" Yah right!|
These beasts had and have been reported users to authorities and took them in custody more than often. Other words, these garages are part of the GOVERNMENT (NSA) and THE BIG BROTHER! Their agenda is to put people in jailed and make them miserable!!!
|posted by (2014-12-01 19:45:19)|
|If, the NSA serve these big companies so anything that an spent on your privacy is that they do not care too much yet because they need them. if for example many credit cards were stolen then NSA did nothing to find and imprison all those stolen credit cards so, NSA is only for encrypted hackers who are in online of those styles of mathematics for encrypted security's not for outlets to find a needle ...|
|Looking after their own bottom line, The Stakeholders feeling the pinch and are now demanding action, So the tech giants decide to respond only after losing millions of dollars of foreign contracts .. It never was about the little guy ...... (*_*)|
|posted by (2014-12-02 03:03:31)|
|"Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Apple have formed the Reform Government Surveillance coalition and lobbied a bill through the Senate before the end of 2014, which would inhibit mass collection of information from emails and online metadata."|
This is like saying a serial killer is advocating for human rights and fighting for our freedom.
|posted by (2014-12-04 21:32:03)|
|one of these days they'll want our security camaras to spy on us...better not be wanking in public guys hahahaha||
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