CEOs of tech firms including Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Box, Netflix and Palantir Technologies met with Obama to express concerns over alleged spying on internet.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unsatisfied over US President Barack Obama’s administration stand that the government can defend privacy while maintaining surveillance activities.
In a meeting with Obama, chief executives of six major US tech firms, including Facebook and Google expressed their concerns over alleged government spying on internet.
As part of Obama’s continuing discussion on the issues related to privacy, technology and intelligence, executives sought to reform the surveillance practises of the US spying agencies.
The White House said in a statement the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe.
"The President used this opportunity to update the CEOs on our progress in implementing the principles and reforms he announced on January 17, including the new Presidential Directive he issued to govern our intelligence activities that will ensure that we take into account our security requirements, but also our alliances, our trade and investment relationships, including the concerns of our companies, and our commitment to privacy and basic liberties," the statement said.
However, Zuckerberg urged that more needed to be done.
"While the U.S. government has taken helpful steps to reform its surveillance practises, these are simply not enough," Zuckerberg said via a spokesperson.
"People around the globe deserve to know that their information is secure and Facebook will keep urging the U.S. government to be more transparent about its practises and more protective of civil liberties."
Among those attending the meeting included Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Box’s Aaron Levie, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and Palantir Technologies’ Alex Karp.
In January 2014, tech majors slammed new limitations on the NSA by Obama as ‘insufficient’ after issuing orders to stop collecting data on American citizens, following a series of disclosures regarding the extent of the agency’s spying powers.
The latest meeting comes days after alleged reports that NSA pretended to be Facebook to inject spy malware on targeted users PCs on a mass scale and spy on them via automated systems since 2010.