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10 Dec, 2013

Tech companies call for new curbs on surveillance | Fox News

Eight of the nation’s largest technology companies have called on President Obama and Congress to impose new curbs on surveillance after a series of revelations detailing how the National Security Agency (NSA) accessed and collected user data from their customers.

The eight companies — Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL and Twitter — called on the United States to lead a worldwide effort to restrict online spying and offered a plan of their own in an open letter published in several U.S. newspapers Monday. A website, Reform Government Surveillance, was also set up to present the group’s talking points.

Among the restrictions the letter calls for is an end to bulk collection of user information, including e-mail, address books, and video chats; reviewing of surveillance requests by an independent court with an adversarial legal process; public disclosure of government demands for user information, as well as their frequency and nature; and an international framework to govern lawful data requests across national boundaries.

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