Setting aside their differences, eight top US technology companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, have joined hands to press the Obama administration and the Congress to reform the secretive National Security Agency. The agency is in controversy following the leak of classified documents by fugitive CIA operative Edward Snowden, revealing that it indulged in massive telephone and internet surveillance both inside and outside the US, at times sneaking into people’s private communications, compromising the security settings of these technology giants. Also Read - Windows 11 release on October 5: How to check if your PC can install Windows 11 or not
“This summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide,” the firms wrote in an open letter to the US President and members of the Congress in national print advertisements today. Also Read - Redmi Smart TV 32-inch, 43-inch with Android 11 launched in India, price starts at Rs 15,999
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL and LinkedIn wrote the letter calling for a global reform of state-led spying. Also Read - Microsoft Surface event today: What to expect, how to watch livestream
“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual ? rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change,” the letter said.