Tech companies have joined forces to put a cap on online surveillance.
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo have rallied the troops to take on the Government, in a bid to reduce the surveillance of online activity.
The super-group called the Reform Government Surveillance coalition has said that spy tactics carried out by governments today need to change.
The National Security Agency (NSA), Government Communications HQ (GCHQ), plus other agencies have been scrutinised since Edward Snowden leaked documents on their spy techniques, leaving people feeling unsafe and tech companies feeling violated.
The five pillars that the coalition rest upon are the limitation of authority that governments have to collect information, more oversight and accountability is required, increased transparency around government demands is needed, free flow of information should be respected and not inhibited, and the avoidance of conflict between Government's laws.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said on the Reform Government Surveillance website: “Reports about government surveillance have shown there is a real need for greater disclosure and new limits on how governments collect information. The US government should take this opportunity to lead effort and make things right.”
In an open letter to Washington, the coalition stated: “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual – rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”
For more information on the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, visit their website here.