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Google`s legal head David Drummond calls for better NSA reforms

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 14:17

London: Google`s chief legal officer, David Drummond, has reportedly called for better NSA reforms, saying that the US needed to change its approach to intelligence to restore public trust in the world wide web.

On the revelations regarding the US spy agency`s alleged mass surveillance programmes, Drummond said that he was shocked, surprised and outraged.

According to a website, the legal chief`s comments come in light of the recent reforms announced by US President Barack Obama in terms of the NSA`s access to user`s phone data that saw mixed reactions by the public and privacy advocates for being `insufficient`.
Drummond said that Obama`s announcement of the reforms was a `positive step`, but the proposals, focused on limiting the mass collection of phone call information, or metadata, were not enough.

Following the mega revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, tech companies have been forced to publish periodic transparency reports, noting the number of snoop-data requests made by the government.
Drummond said that people really need to trust the Internet and to trust Internet companies and that really underpins a lot of the innovation.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice has announced a new deal with tech majors, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, allowing them unprecedented levels of disclosure about government`s snoop-data requests to general public.

First Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 14:17
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