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Tech Giants Meet with Obama, Talk NSA

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

December 18, 2013

The New York Times reports on a high-level meeting Tuesday between President Barack Obama and chief executives from 15 of the country’s largest technology companies to discuss, in part, National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. In a post-meeting statement, the executives said they urged Obama “to move aggressively on reform…” They also raised concerns that foreign countries, such as Brazil, may prevent user data from flowing to the U.S., which could hurt the executives’ businesses as well as the U.S.’s start-up economy. Though the White House made no commitments, it reportedly expressed sympathy with the web companies’ call for more transparency about government requests for user data, and it told the executives that government action to reform NSA surveillance would happen in the new year, the report states. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports Monday’s ruling on the NSA could move to the Supreme Court. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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