(The Hosting News) – On Monday, several leading tech companies united together in a public campaign to appeal government surveillance activities.
Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL issued an open letter to President Obama and Congress addressing a number of reforms and restrictions on the surveillance of internet users, reports The Wall Street Journal.
As part of their campaign, the companies launched the website reformgovernmentsurveillance.com, which states the five reform principles they are asking the government to adopt.
These reforms include the limiting of governments authority to collect users’ information, oversight and accountability of agencies, transparency about government demands, the free flow of information, and ways to avoid conflicts among governments.
“People won’t use technology they don’t trust. Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it,” stated Yahoo CEO, Brad Smith.
Last week, Obama said he intends to propose an NSA reform that assures Americans that their privacy is not being violated.