Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn and AOL together issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and the US Congress to reform and add restrictions to government surveillance.
“While the undersigned companies understand that governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety and security, we strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed,” the CEOs said.
“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide,” the letter says. “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor 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," the letter read.