Tech giants call on government to limit spying campaign

Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are among eight technology giants that have started a campaign to limit government online surveillance. The other companies are Apple (AAPL), Yahoo (YHOO), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), AOL (AOL) and LinkedIn (LNKD).

The move appears to represent an attempt by the companies to prevent a loss of business because of Edward Snowden's revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency's spying campaign. Forrester estimates that the disclosures could cost the U.S. cloud computing industry $180B by 2016.

While the firms want limits on governmental authority to collect user information, as well as increased oversight, given the tech industry's own data practices, some might say that there's more than a whiff of the pots calling the kettles black.

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  • mvermaak
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    Buy blackberry phones and feel safe
    9 Dec 2013, 05:02 AM Reply Like
  • 2ng
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    Or buy blackberry stock and feel unsafe
    9 Dec 2013, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Emphasis on 'feel', not actually 'be'. Anyone who thinks that all major telecommunication corps are not backdoored by NSA is naive at best...
    9 Dec 2013, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • Jiaberg-Sydney-OZ
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    Google campaigning for limiting government surveillance... Gee, when is Google stopping its own data-mining of user internet experiences? A thief is crying foul about larger thefts going on indeed....
    10 Dec 2013, 06:14 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Don't need the tech Giant's for that anymore anyway.Too much regulation involved.
    9 Dec 2013, 06:33 AM Reply Like
  • Hubert Biagi
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    As long as Google can still track, record, and store all of our on-line history, lol.
    9 Dec 2013, 07:43 AM Reply Like
  • mindscape8088
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    Yes and the tooth fairy does exist too. They are just saying that in public. In private I don't think so.
    9 Dec 2013, 08:13 AM Reply Like
  • manfredthree
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    It will not happen, even a little bit . That is why there is such a great opportunity for those tech companies that are perceived to be less US nationalistic/iconic brands. Whether in reality they are or not. Surveillance is like many mental obsessions/disorders- the more you have, the more paranoia you develop about needing more, until after a while it runs your life. If you cannot explain it to your Nato allies, and therefore assume they are actually happy about it, you have achieved that isolation of every addict "they just cannot understand "..
    9 Dec 2013, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    This has to be dumbest thing I have ever heard!! The government needs to limit the snooping ability of the tech giants, not the other way around! I trust the FBI or NSA 1000X over Google! Why don't the tech companies pledge to stop using our searches and emails for any reason--especially for profit? The government can be controlled a lot easier than private companies.
    9 Dec 2013, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    Let me add: when we get reports of the IRS or NSA using people's data for political vendettas or illegal activity, the government agents causing this harm should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Congress needs to have a watchdog for data breaches. If the administration has audited Republican groups as harassment, the offending IRS parties should go to jail--right up to the White House. The government needs this access, but they have to be held accountable from bipartisan observation! The big tech companies should not have the right to snoop emails and searches imho!
    9 Dec 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • manfredthree
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    @Humble.... first of all, when NSA admitted that commercial spying was just part of the package, you had to assume the line between spying for security versus spying for possible national economic advantage was blurred and unquestioned. There is no blur in NSA's mind, they want unfettered access and usage of all data and communications. For us, they can have it all. As individuals, we could care less, but for US corporations any perceived loss of share to competitors must be said to be 'officially' unacceptable. As an investor, however, assume it will get worse not better, and guide your stock choices accordingly. As much as we like Cisco, we simply had to delete it from our allstar list.
    9 Dec 2013, 10:31 AM Reply Like
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