What Suggestions Are the White House Making to the NSA?
A series of government surveillance activities have hit the public eye after former National Security Agent Edward Snowden’s illegally released NSA documents outlining some of its surveillance programs with big privacy implications.
Recently, big tech companies wrote an open letter to the U.S. government addressing data collection, and eventually this spurred executives from various big-name technology companies to meet with President Obama for a discussion on government interference in the online realm. This led the White House to release a recommendation of changes to the NSA.
Yahoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Marrissa Mayer, told the president that the governments invasion of users privacy might have a divisive effect on international internet usage — countries could have conflicting policies — and there’s a risk to the market as concerns over tech security systems rise.
Now, according to the Washington Post, the White House is advocating that the NSA remove its phone database records so as to bolster American’s confidence in government surveillance. This was just one of forty recommended actions included within the White House review boards 200 page report.