Fight of the Titans: Open Letter from Microsoft, Apple and Others to the US Government

Posted by Sarah Becker Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:57:00 GMT

This is truly a coalition of the titans! Eight of the biggest IT concerns worldwide teamed up to fight against government surveillance. As a reaction to the Snowden-revelations in the past few months, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo campaigned for the reformation of the surveillance law based on the “Reform Government Surveillance” initiative.

Hereby, the IT titans demand the US government in an open letter to urgently react to the revelations of this summer. They urge the government to fundamentally reform the government surveillance of the web and stress the importance of the personal security of every single person.

Thus, Apple, Microsoft & Co. drafted five principles, which the new reform should comprise:

  1. Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information
  2. Oversight and Accountability
  3. Transparency About Government Demands
  4. Respecting the Free Flow of Information
  5. Avoiding Conflicts Among Governments

You want to know more about the initiative “Reform Government Surveillance”? Get more information on the website www.reformgovernmentsurveillance.com.

HOB recommends citizens and enterprises, in any event, to give a great deal of thought to IT security and rather “play it safe.” You can find ideas and helpful tips in our free eBooks. It is always worthwhile to visit us here, as we are continually adding to our collection.

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