Tech Vendors Demand Reform of Government Surveillance
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In an open letter publicly posted on a new Web domain, titled "Reform Government Surveillance," AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo have joined together to ask for changes to current laws and practices around surveillance.
The tech vendors have outlined five key principles that they want to see reformed. They include placing new limits on the government's authority to collect users' information, adding more oversight and accountability, and improving transparency over government data requests. The final two principles are about respecting the free flow of information and avoiding conflicts across government jurisdictions.