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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:27

Tech companies lean on Obama

Written by Nick Farrell



Stop this NSA thing

The US government government for the corporations and by the corporations)is suddenly finding that the IT companies no longer like its spying operations. For a decade or so now there has been a cosy relationship between the government and IT companies. The tech companies don’t want to lose lucrative government contracts, and the Government wants to keep spying on people. That has meant that he IT outfits have had to conform to government demands that they hand over information.

Before Snowden it was possible for the IT outfits to do this under a veil of secrecy, but now that veil has been lifted, big names in the industry want out. Top executives from Apple, Google, Yahoo, Netflix, Comcast, AT&T, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and other companies met privately for more than two hours with Obama and top White House aides.

The White House had trumpeted the meeting as a chance to talk up progress made in repairing the government's healthcare website after its botched rollout generated a political firestorm and sent Obama's job approval rating tumbling. However it turned out that the tech companies focused solely on government surveillance, not healthcare.

"We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the president our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform," the technology companies said in their statement.

Nick Farrell

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