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According to a recent article posted by the Web Host Industry Review website, several large technology companies are voicing their desire for an international ban on internet surveillance. The report states that a ban on "the wholesale collection of data among other protections that balance the rights of governments, citizens and the internet_" is an effort to "_restore public trust in the internet."
Many of these technology companies question reported practices of government agencies (NSA surveillance) of tapping internet services to collect user information – including the reported interception of "_unencrypted data packets passing between private data centers_," according to this report. The article highlights that several companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, are working together on a new campaign called "_Reform Government Surveillance_" which outlines five principles included in a letter to the United States government.
"_We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight_," the letter states as quoted in the article. This campaign hopes that "_governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications_," according to the article.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / December 10, 2013