Lawmakers, civil rights advocates and tech companies shared a basic response to President Barack Obama's surveillance reforms: Good first step, but there's more to be done.
Congress needs to take action to address concerns about the scope of surveillance programs, Obama said. Much of the reaction focused on proposed changes to the most controversial program—the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.
Obama also called for greater transparency when it comes to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees NSA surveillance efforts.
A group of tech companies that are pushing for reforms—including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft Corp., Twitter, Yahoo! and AOL—issued a joint statement after Obama's speech. Several of the companies last year filed petitions in the surveillance court seeking the ability to provide more information about government demands for consumer data.