Tech giants write letter opposing NSA surveillance

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Once again the NSA finds more people are going in the fight against them rather than supporting them. In the latest move against the Big Brother organization the major tech companies are joining in the fight to have their power limited.

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, AOL, and Yahoo have come together to address the situation of the current practices by the NSA. In the letter addressed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the companies ask for transparency, oversight, and accountability mechanisms for the NSA’s spying programs.

In their joint letter, the groups applaud the new USA FREEDOM legislation that is now in the works. The authors of the bill, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative James Sensenbrenner, are working to give not only the nation what the companies are asking. Sensenbrenner was one of the original authors of the Patriot Act which allows mass data collection by the NSA, although the way the NSA has abused the Act was never his intention.

With the support of tech giants, the new Act may make it passed the House and the Senate. With it we can hope that the NSA and the tech companies alike will give us more transparency in the future when it comes to what information is being gathered and why.

[via CNetThe Washington Post]

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