Looks like Google is turning the other cheek on the Microsoft Scroogled campaign to work with them on government surveillance matters. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, and Yahoo have all joined forces to publish an open letter to the government.
The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.
While the undersigned companies understand that governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety and security, we strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed.
Consistent with established global norms of free expression and privacy and with the goals of ensuring that government law enforcement and intelligence efforts are rule-bound, narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight, we hereby call on governments to endorse the following principles and enact reforms that would put these principles into action.
It’s good to see these companies put some differences aside for the greater good of its users. Hit the link below for sources.
- Google, Microsoft Lead Campaign to Limit Government Surveillance (mashable.com)
- Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform (theverge.com)
- Major tech companies push for limits on government surveillance – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Web giants demand limits on government surveillance (nbcnews.com)
- Tech Giants Push for Limits on Government Surveillance (dailyfinance.com)