In a private meeting yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Barack Obama discussed the future of technology and government surveillance. Obviously inspired by the recent controversy surrounding the NSA and PRISM.
President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance, sources tell POLITICO.
The session, which Obama attended himself, followed a similar gathering earlier this week between top administration officials, tech-industry lobbyists and leading privacy hawks, the sources said. Those earlier, off-the-record discussions centered on the controversy surrounding the NSA as well as commercial privacy issues such as online tracking of consumers.
Earlier in the summer it was revealed that the NSA had been working alongside technology firms in order to have direct access in to their user data. A revelation which clearly didn’t please many Americans. And understandably. At the very least, user information and collected data should only be taken by a third party after it’s been okayed by the user themselves regardless of the motives behind the NSA’s actions.
Since the meeting was private, there’s very little else to know about what the figure-heads spoke about in detail. All I hope personally is that they come up with a solution that not only helps protect the U.S., but also respects personal ownership.