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Google, Microsoft give thumbs-up to proposed NSA restrictions


You get the feeling that major tech companies want the National Security Agency reined in almost as much as digital rights activists do, if only because the NSA’s snooping may be hurting their bottom lines. The Hill reports that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other big-name tech companies this week endorsed proposed bipartisan legislation that would place new restrictions on the NSA’s data collection powers, including ending the NSA’s bulk phone metadata collection program, beefing up barriers against targeting Americans for surveillance and requiring the government to delete any data inadvertently scooped up from Americans who aren’t related to investigations during data mining operations. In a joint letter endorsing the bill, the tech companies said that the bills’ proposals for greater transparency would “help to counter

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018



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