Tech giants call on US to `aggressively` reform NSA snoop-ops

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 19:14

London: Tech companies that have been named in the controversial mass surveillance programmes of the US` National Security Agency (NSA) have reportedly called on the government to `move aggressively` to reform the alleged operations.

Top executives from 15 companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo and Twitter, met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to express their concern about the alleged snoop-ops that upset not the customers of the companies but also soured US relations with its allies.

The alleged programmes were bought in the public notice after whistleblower Edward Snowden`s revelations regarding the alleged collection of large scale user data related to web activities and phone conversations.

According to a news website, the meeting between Obama and the tech companies came a day after a US federal judge called the programmes like to be in violation of the Constitution and even questioned their validity.

The White House in its statement said that the president made clear his belief and listened to the group`s concerns and recommendations and has assured that their input as well as that of outside stakeholders will be considered in amending the signals intelligence programmes.

The NSA programmes have already been under review following the `highly damaging` revelations by Snowden; however, analysts have pointed that not much of the methods, considered crucial to national security, would be tweaked.


First Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 19:14

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