Biggest Tech Names Unite For Privacy
Posted: December 10, 2013 by Alex Chan
It has recently been revealed that The National Security Agency (NSA) has been exploiting data from Internet users, spying on businesses, and tracking people. This action has prompted some of the biggest tech names to unite into a coalition in order to control NSA's tapping activities and to reassure users of their privacy rights.
This group, called the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, is leaded by tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO and Larry Page, Google's CEO, composed an open letter to Washington, D.C., demanding that the American government passes restrictive surveillance reforms.
Page states: "The security of users' data is critical, which is why we've invested so much in encryption and fight for transparency around government requests for information. This is undermined by the apparent wholesale collection of data, in secret and without independent oversight, by many governments around the world. It's time for reform, and we urge the U.S. government to lead the way."
The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including companies like LinkedIn and AOL, believes that world governments need to ensure the privacy of Internet users by means of reformation of current laws and practices. Nevertheless, Internet companies, like Google or Facebook, give highest priority to restoring confidence in the public that personal information is secured and protected.