Following privacy talks at the White House with tech sector representatives earlier this month, leading industry advocates have outlined steps they think the U.S. government should take to address their concerns about the National Security Agency's data gathering.
In a letter [PDF] sent Tuesday to the White House, six major tech associations—BSA | The Software Alliance, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, The Internet Association, the Software & Information Industry Association, and TechNet—urged the U.S. government to implement surveillance policies that increase transparency and privacy. U.S. policymakers also should promote the free flow of data across international borders, they said, noting that European Union officials are questioning the privacy of electronic information that moves between the E.U. and the United States.
The associations wrote the missive after tech industry members met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on August 6. McDonough requested suggestions from the tech sector about what the government should do after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks about the agency's far-reaching access into user information held by tech companies, according to BSA, which participated in the meeting.