MacNN | Anti-PRISM group filing petition for US surveillance transparency
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Anti-PRISM group filing petition for US surveillance transparency
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 9:48pm

A growing coalition of technology companies are reportedly petitioning the President and the US government to demand information and increased transparency of intelligence service communications monitoring. The letter declares the intent to regularly reveal information to the public about government surveillance requests, and is demanding the government also report the number of requests about users, the number of accounts or devices for which information was requested, and the volume of requests seeking content or other subscriber information.



AllThingsD obtained a copy of the letter claims that "basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations. We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security-related authorities. This information about how and how often the government is using these legal authorities is important to the American people, who are entitled to have an informed public debate about the appropriateness of those authorities and their use." The coalition was formed following a PRISM program security presentation leak provided by a long-term intelligence contractor to expose the "gross intrusion on privacy." The highly-classified program has been in operation since the last year of the Bush administration, but was renewed by the Obama administration. A later report from Reuters quoted an anonymous senior US official saying that the program is only used to target people outside the United States, as required by NSA mandates. The scope and volume of the retained data kept by intelligence agencies as a result of the program is unknown. Companies and organizations involved in the coalition include AOL, Apple, Digg, Dropbox, Evoca, Facebook, Google, Heyzap, LinkedIn, Meetup, Microsoft, Mozilla, Reddit, salesforce.com, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo, YouNow, Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, New Atlantic Ventures, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch, The American Civil Liberties Union, The Center for Democracy & Technology, Reporters Committee for Freedom of The Press, Public Knowledge, The Computer & Communications Industry Association, Reporters Without Borders, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan - 4:58 PM EST
  • Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new Cupertino campus - 4:51 PM EST
  • Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more - 4:25 PM EST
  • AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain - 3:52 PM EST
  • Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask) - 3:46 PM EST
  • Apple deals: Mac desktops from $419 - 3:45 PM EST
  • DealNN: Mac mini from $494, 256 SSD for $135 and more - 3:44 PM EST
  • WSJ say iTunes Stores sales down 13-14 percent in 2014 - 2:56 PM EST
  • Giveaway: Tomb Raider - 2:10 PM EST
  • Hands On: Tomb Raider (OS X, Windows) - 2:00 PM EST
  • Editorial: In defense of the new $499 Mac mini - 1:58 PM EST
  • Deezer acquires Stitcher, will keep iOS, Android apps alive - 1:42 PM EST
  • Amazon Rewards Visa Card gets added to Apple Pay - 11:54 AM EST
  • BBEdit 11 gets improvements to Clipping, syntax highlights, more - 10:51 AM EST
  • Bringing Apple Pay to China a high priority, says Cook - 10:06 AM EST
  • Samsung Knox Android security suite under fire from new researcher - 8:59 AM EST
  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker - 4:00 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • MetroPCS adds data plans for tablets, sells Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 - 3:21 PM EST
  • Ransomware found on online advertising networks used by major sites - 11:41 AM EST
  • Sprint increases Family Share Pack range with 1GB plan for $20 - 8:08 AM EST
  • Briefly: More Inbox invitations sent, LG G Watch R rollout details - 7:04 AM EST
  • LG reveals Nuclun octa-core processor, confirms G3 Screen smartphone - 6:32 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.