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6 major tech companies call for reining in government surveillance

Today SIX major technology companies (AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and YAHOO!) publicly called for reining in government surveillance programs in a letter to Congress that was released one day after a report that the National Security Agency (NSA) has tapped overseas data transmission between computer centers operated by Google and Yahoo. Civil libertarians cheered the new stance of the companies.

The letter ‘called for unspecified reforms that include “substantial enhancements to privacy protections” and more outside oversight of the surveillance programs’ as reported in The Santa Cruz Sentinel. The letter singled out a recently introduced bill, the USA Freedom Act, for making an inportant contribution to the discussion. The letter was addressed to the chief sponsors of the bill, Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat, Vermont) and U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner (Republican, Wisconsin).

Read more about the USA Freedom Act and competing bills in the Sentinel article.

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