Influential tech companies are calling on President Obama and the Congress to impose limits on government surveillance effort in lieu with the revelations about the data collected by the National Security Agency (NSA).

A brief letter signed by eight companies which includes Apple, Microsoft, and Google urges the adoption of reforms to government surveillance efforts. It should be transparent, clearly defined by law and is subjected to an independent oversight.

The five principals that these tech companies want a reform are:

  1. limiting the governments authority to collect user data.
  2. transparency about government demands.
  3. respect the free flow of information
  4. avoid conflicts with the government
  5. oversight and accountability.


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