Microsoft, Google & friends urge passage of USA Freedom Act


In an open letter to the U.S. Senate, nine tech heavyweights are imploring the body to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb much of the massive data collection by the NSA and other agencies. The activities were originally brought to light by Edward Snowden.

According to the letter:

The legislation prevents the bulk collection of internet metadata under various authorities. The bill also allows for transparency about government demands for user information from technology companies and assures that the appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms are in place.

The letter was signed by [technology]AOL[/technology], [company]Dropbox[/company], [company]Evernote[/company], [company]Facebook[/company], [company]Google[/company], [company]LinkedIn[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company], [company]Twitter[/company] and [company]Yahoo[/company]

The fate of that bill, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), is very much up in the air given Republican gains in the midterm elections. As Gigaom’s Jeff Roberts has pointed out, many Republicans, citing national security concerns, object to data gathering reforms.

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