Tech Companies to Obama: We Need a Cap on Government Spying


Executives from various big-name technology companies met with President Barack Obama this week to discuss government interference and data collection within their online realm. The meeting follows an open letter sent from Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). “It is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information,” read the letter.

According to Bloomberg, an industry official said that the executive’s meeting with Obama had not exactly born fruit — no commitment was made to put a cap on government spying. The executives involved in the meeting included Marrissa Mayer from Yahoo, and Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, as well as five other tech industry heads.

Yahoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Mayer, told the president that the government’s invasion into users privacy might have a divisive effect on international internet usage — countries could have conflicting policies — an industry official told Bloomberg.