Tech Companies Want Transparency on Security Probes

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 01:13 PM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Image: Tech Companies Want Transparency on Security Probes
(AP)
Technology companies that have been criticized for aiding the National Security Agency in its Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding the investigations.

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft all want the industry to be more open about the nature and extent of information being collected about private citizens, reported The Washington Post.

The companies made an appeal for greater transparency amid fallout from technology contractor Edward Snowden's leak of details of the NSA's top-secret PRISM program, which collected vast amounts of online data on U.S. citizens with the companies' help.

They hope to recast themselves as defenders of user privacy rather than abettors of government surveillance, the Post said.

Google and Facebook, for example, both made requests to the government to be permitted to publish information about the size and scope of the national security requests they've received. Yahoo said, "We recognize the importance of privacy and security, and we also believe that transparency … will help build public trust," the Post reported.

Related: Google Says US Doesn't Get 'Unfettered Access' to Data

"If these companies can't be transparent with users about their participation in surveillance with the U.S. government, they will lose a lot of business," Peter Eckersley, technology project director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Post.

"If foreign companies know that using Google Docs or email will expose them to U.S. spies, they will choose a different platform."



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

German Researchers: Cellphone Calls, Messages Easy to Crack

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:12 PM

Security flaws on the global network that routes the world's cellphone calls and texts could allow hackers and criminals . . .

Kepler's Exoplanet Find Is First Since Space Telescope Revived

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 09:54 AM

The Kepler space telescope has discovered its first exoplanet since NASA's engineers were able to reboot the mission man . . .

Rosetta Comet-Landing Is 2014's Top Science Breakthrough

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 08:37 AM

The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendezvous with a comet, th . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved