Obama Meets with Top Tech Execs to Discuss NSA, Privacy Concerns

by Rich Scherr 0

Obama tablet by Pete Souza WH photo of the dayPresident Obama on Friday was scheduled to meet with leaders of some of the nation’s largest tech companies — including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — to discuss their privacy concerns regarding the National Security Agency (NSA), Politico reported. Executives from Google and Yahoo, among many others, also received invitations, a White House official told the publications. The meeting comes eight days after Zuckerberg criticized the federal government in a Facebook post. “To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure,” wrote Zuckerberg. “This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government. The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst. I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.” Read more

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

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