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Tim Cook, AT&T CEO, Others Meet with Obama to Discuss Surveillance

by Todd Haselton | August 9, 2013August 9, 2013 10:00 am PST


The National Security Agency’s PRISM initiative, by which — and there’s still some argument over this — the NSA had access to phone records, data and more that was stored on major tech firm servers, didn’t go over well with consumers. Not a bit – there’s a fear that we’re living in some sort of government state where we can’t control our own privacy. That’s obviously raising some concerns with the tech firms themselves, which we pay for services, and now some of them are meeting with President Obama.

POLITICO says it learned recently that Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google computer expert Vint Cerf and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently joined other tech executives and “civil liberties leaders” in a sit-down meeting with President Obama. The topic of conversation likely involved PRISM on some level, though details of what was discussed were not revealed. Similar meetings have been held recently, and a White House spokesperson described another such meeting to POLITICO.

““This is one of a number of discussions the administration is having with experts and stakeholders in response to the president’s directive to have a national dialogue about how to best protect privacy in a digital era, including how to respect privacy while defending our national security,” the spokesperson said.

The goal, we believe, is for the government to be more transparent with the public and with American businesses from which it requests access to the private data.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...