US President Barack Obama has met six technology executives to discuss government surveillance and privacy concerns, amid fears that NSA spying is undermining one of the country`s most vital industries.
The most serious rebuke to the NSA came Wednesday from a panel of establishment figures named by the White House to review the surveillance operations that mushroomed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The government on Wednesday said it was awaiting a "substantive" response from the US over the reports of American intelligence surveillance over Indian Embassy in Washington and its Mission to the UN in New York as revealed by whistle blower Edward Snowden.
In an open letter to US President Barack Obama and Congress, the companies said recent revelations showed the balance had tipped too far in favor of the state in many countries and away from the individual.
The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, on Wednesday defended the decision of the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls of foreign leaders and said that it was imperative to keep a watch on their intentions.
The authority of the National Security Agency to collect phone records of millions of Americans sharply divided members of Congress on Tuesday as the House pressed ahead on legislation to fund the nation`s military.
A top US official has said that America neither uses its intelligence capabilities to collect trade secrets of foreign companies, nor does it listens to everything said by every citizen of any country.