Saturday, 28 March 2015

Microsoft And Google To Stop Mass Surveillance NSA

Big tech companies such as Microsoft, Google and Yahoo and American civil rights organizations like the EFF and ACLU have the US Congress a letter ( PDF controlled) which they call to stop the mass surveillance of telephone calls. It involves conversation data collected under section 215 of the Patriot Act. Section 215 allows to store the metadata calls the NSA. On 1 June this year expires this section and thus the authority for the NSA.

Opponents this is a good time to implement reforms. Congress has, however, consistently refused reforms of section 215, with threats to national security are given as a reason. In the letter sent now Congress is called to ensure that any proposal that section 215 adjusts at least put an end to mass surveillance, establishes rules for transparency and no demands on data storage or technology.

"We understand that the government plays an important role in protecting our communities, but we must do so in a manner consistent with our values ​​that. Almost two years after the government surveillance became known, the US government still has work to do to distrust in technology that it has caused to recover, " says Microsoft's Fred Humphries.

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