Tech Titans Join Forces on Internet Surveillance
More than 60 technology companies, non-profits, investors and trade groups are urging the federal government in a letter to disclose more information about internet surveillance.
Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union says the letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration and Congress shows an unprecedented level of business support.
"The most direct hope is that the companies who are actually receiving surveillance requests from the NSA be allowed to talk about those," he says. "But the long-term hope is that administration will recognize that in order to have the public debate that the administration has welcomed, the government itself needs to release more information."
In the letter, Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo call on the Obama administration to allow them to report the number of government requests for information under the US Patriot Act, and the number of users affected by the requests.