The Full Letter Apple, Google, And Others Sent To U.S. Government Over NSA Transparency

It's about time.

In response to the public’s outcry that tech companies are working with the NSA to pilfer personal info on targets of interest, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and others announced an alliance with civil liberties groups today demanding for more transparency by the U.S. government concerning wiretapping.

The coalition sent a letter today to President Obama and other leaders in Congress, urging for greater transparency around national security-related requests. Portions of the letter were published last night, but we now have a copy it in its entirety, which can be read below:

 

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    The quest for greater transparency is a noble one. We the people deserve to know how closely the government is watching us, especially when it’s just casting a wide net and without any specific reason. But this request is for disclosure after the fact. What can we do to keep the prying eyes and government spies out of our personal business in the first place? I see a new, or at least a re-energized, industry arising to develop new products that will help keep our digital media safe and secure.
    There are new devices like the Cloudlocker (cloudlocker.it) that stores everything safe at home yet acts like a mini-cloud to give access from anywhere. One of the best features, I think, is that it does things in a way that minimizes the proliferation of copies, with several ways for people to view files and watch videos without being able to copy them. I think products like this are the wave of the future and represent our ultimate hope for protection against the chronic overeaching of the government.
    Who knows about any other such products?

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