Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,
We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.
For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.
We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo
Well, it looks like Snowden is well on his way to a Nobel Peace Prize. In light of this, maybe those companies should look inwardly and see what they can do to reform their own exploitation of private data.
When Snowden receives the Nobel or is ultimately exonerated, a lot of the same people in government and his critics will turn around and hail him as a hero. It’s a tale as old as time it seems. How many people in the world considered Mandela a terrorist when he was stirring things up, and then conveniently flip-flopped out of political survival and reputation maintenance only when they realized they were losing the narrative/perception battle? (I think some US officials that are still around today did that.) Truth, perennial ideals - they don’t matter to them: only the prevailing, near-sighted, transient narrative they are caught up in does. And that’s why I hate politics, and that’s one reason why everyone should be automatically critical and wary of any authority, interest, stakeholder, or power in the world ever.