Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Microsoft, Apple, Facebook And 7 Other Tech Giants Push To Curb NSA Surveillance Before The New Repblican Senate Takes Over

Facebook, Google And Apple Lobby For Curb To NSA Surveillance -- The Guardian

A coalition of the biggest names in consumer technology have backed a US bill that would limit surveillance and prevent bulk email collection

A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

“The Senate has an opportunity this week to vote on the bipartisan USA Freedom Act,” said the coalition in an open letter sent to the Senate. “We urge you to pass the bill, which both protects national security and reaffirms America’s commitment to the freedoms we all cherish.”

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More News On Microsoft, Apple, Facebook And 7 Other Tech Giants Push To Curb NSA Surveillance

Facebook, Apple Make Year-End Lobbying Push to Curb NSA Spying -- Bloomberg
Tech giants make final push to change NSA -- The Hill
Microsoft, Apple and 7 other tech giants call for NSA reform before year’s end -- Geek Wire
Apple, Google, Facebook press Senate to pass Freedom Act, curbing NSA surveillance -- ZDNet
Tech heavyweights Facebook, Google, Apple support bill limiting NSA spying -- RT
Tech Firms Push NSA Reform Bill as Senate Vote Approaches -- Time

My Comment: I know that the people who run these companies create and maintain some incredible products .... but I must question how smart they are politically. The case that they are making is that the NSA surveillance law should be changed before the Republicans take over .... the reason being that they (The Republicans) would not change it once they are in control. But what mystifies me is that the politicians that they are running to for support are the same ones who put the law in the first place ... and have been enforcing it for almost 6 years. Would it not be more smarter to lobby and support the coming Republcian majority in the U.S. Senate .... rather than those who put the law there in the first place ..... but apparently for these tech companies the answer is no.


James said...

They are going to the ones they've been paying off for the last 6 years. The Republicans owe them nothing and that may scare them.

War News Updates Editor said...

Good point James. There are no IOUs floating around.