Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 14 June |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Francisa de Paula de Jesus Isabel
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Tech Industry Unites Against NSA Surveillance

Joe Pemberton

Alberto González - published on 12/10/13

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA spying tactics went public, the tech industry has been scrambling to restore consumers’ trust.

Following on the heels of a televised interview in which President Obama promised increased limitations on the scope of NSA surveillance, tech industry giants united yesterday to release a policy statement urging governments to “limit surveillance to specific known users” and to call on authorities to exercise greater transparency around what they request. Apple, Google, and Facebook took the lead in presenting this statement, together with Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA spying tactics went public, the tech industry has been scrambling to restore consumers’ trust after fears that sensitive information had been willingly shared with government agencies. “Recent revelations about government surveillance activities have shaken the trust of our users,” said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, “and it is time for the United States government to act to restore the confidence of citizens around the world.”

The joint policy statement urges the US to take the lead in international surveillance reform by ending bulk collection of Internet data, making surveillance requests subject to legal review, cooperation on “lawful requests for data across jurisdictions,” and overall respect for “the free flow of information.”

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
Miracle prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
Philip Kosloski
Offer your heart to Jesus with this prayer
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
Kathleen N. Hattrup
The short prayer Pope Francis says every night
Philip Kosloski
5 Things to know about the Sacred Heart feast
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.