The National Security Agency has come under fire from United States citizens in recent months. The agency has reportedly gathered data through its PRISM program, and because of the program, many large tech companies have come under fire because it is believed that they have shared information with the NSA. As a response to public backlash, many of the larger Silicon Valley companies, like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, have all teamed up to push for increased transparency of the NSA and other government agencies.
The alliance of tech giants will reportedly be releasing a letter Thursday written to the Obama administration and Congress that will call for the ability of these tech companies to release reports on information requests and respond to government requests. Below is an excerpt from the letter from the alliance.
Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations. We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security–related authorities.
… Just as the United States has long been an innovator when it comes to the Internet and products and services that rely upon the Internet, so too should it be an innovator when it comes to creating mechanisms to ensure that government is transparent, accountable, and respectful of civil liberties and human rights.
Although this letter won’t solve the problem of information sharing among tech companies and the government, it is good to see that Apple and other tech companies have listened to the public, and have taken action and stood their ground against the government.
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