Facebook Signs Open Letter Calling for Government Surveillance Reform1
The scandal this summer revealed that Facebook and other tech companies were being forced by the government to hand over user information. Though, just how complicit they were remains unknown. Facebook has pressured the government for permission to reveal how much and what kind of information they turned over to the NSA, but they have thus far been rebuked.
“Reports about government surveillance have shown there is a real need for greater disclosure and new limits on how governments collect information,” Mark Zuckerberg said this week on a website launched by the eight-company coalition. “The U.S. government should take this opportunity to lead this reform effort and make things right.”
The considerable strength and financial depth of these companies may be able to influence lawmakers, though it remains as unclear as ever what the final ramifications will be from the government’s spy scandal.
1Editorial Footnote: Yesterday (Dec. 13, 2013), a preliminary draft by an Obama task force released recommendations for the overhaul of NSA spy tactics.