With the exception of Apple, major tech giants, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter, are asking "the worlds governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information."
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.
Consistent with established global norms of free expression and privacy and with the goals of ensuring that government law enforcement and intelligence efforts are rule-bound, narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight, we hereby call on governments to endorse the following principles and enact reforms that would put these principles into action.
|How the Surveillance State was Born|
|How Privacy Vanishes Online|
|Governments' Requests for Users' Data on Facebook Increased by 24% in First Half of 2014|
|“Most have no idea who these companies are and how they got their data on them.”|
|"Advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software."|
|“We’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them.”|
|“A novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation.”|
|“The race is on to create lab-grown meat products.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Initial riders may be more comfortable getting into a car with a human in the driver seat.”|
|“Both spacecraft are still operational when they reached interstellar space.”|
|“Make it so. Make it so. Make it so.”|
|“Can you replace the spring of a pogo stick with repelling magnets?”|
|"Free apps make money by selling your personal data."|