AFP News via Yahoo News | 9 Sep 2014
"As a result of the surveillance program revelations, US technology companies have experienced negative economic implications in overseas markets," said a letter endorsed by five major tech organizations that include members such as Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.
"In addition, other countries are considering proposals that would limit data flows between countries, which would have a negative impact on the efficiencies upon which the borderless Internet relies. The transparency measures in the USA Freedom Act are designed to alleviate some of the concerns behind such actions by allowing companies to be more transparent about the orders they receive from the government pursuant to its surveillance authorities."
The measure pending in the Senate would curb the NSA’s ability to collect bulk phone data from Americans and provides more safeguards for warrantless surveillance.
The proposal includes other privacy provisions, including the creation of a special advocate to monitor civil liberties issues before a secret US surveillance court.
CNET | May 2014
In a blog posted on May 13, Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler spoke out against the allegations that the NSA installed surveillance software on Cisco equipment.
"We ought to be able to count on the government to then not interfere with the lawful delivery of our products in the form in which we have manufactured them," Chandler said. "To do otherwise, and to violate legitimate privacy rights of individuals and institutions around the world, undermines confidence in our industry."
Chandler also offered the following suggestions on what governments should do to restore confidence in the tech industry:
- Governments should have policies requiring that product security vulnerabilities that are detected be reported promptly to manufacturers for remediation, unless a court finds a compelling reason for a temporary delay. By the same token, governments should not block third parties from reporting such vulnerabilities to manufacturers.
- Governments should not interfere with the ability of companies to lawfully deliver internet infrastructure as ordered by their customers.
- Clear standards should be set to protect information outside the United States which belongs to third parties, but are in the custody of subsidiaries of US companies, so that customers worldwide can know the rules that will apply and work with confidence with US suppliers.
Silicon Valley Watcher | Dec 2013
Tech split on NSA…
It shows the divide in the US tech industry, missing are IBM, Cisco, Intel, Dell, Oracle, and many other tech giants. It’s precisely these companies that have massive contracts with US government agencies. Criticism of the NSA is an understandable concern, it’s not something that will help them win contracts. However, they will have to weigh their losses in overseas markets against their silence on this issue domestically.
The Week | Nov 2013
But companies’ and countries’ aversion to the NSA seems to miss the bigger picture. Certainly, Edward Snowden’s revelations have disclosed a lot about the scope and shape of the NSA’s spying activities. But there hasn’t been a comparable level of disclosure about the activities of intelligence agencies in foreign countries, including Brazil, Russia, and China. Consumers moving away from American networking companies out of a desire to avoid surveillance, and adopting Chinese networking technology instead, could be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. China is still an authoritarian one-party state in which dissidents are routinely put to death. China has an active and overt internet censorship program. Chinese technology products may have just as many backdoors and surveillance technologies as American products — the details just haven’t been leaked.
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