Yahoo (YHOO), Twitter (TWTR), Facebook (FB), and 5 other tech companies have united to demand a sweeping change to U.S. surveillance laws. In an open letter calling for Global Government Surveillance Reform, the group offers a 5 point plan it says will help create a system by which the NSA and law enforcement agencies can perform their work in a manner that is rule-bound, transparant, and subject to oversight.
What the group presumably wants above else is a way to take itself out of the middle of the debate on international monitoring of Internet activity. The current process of governments demanding information from the tech companies put government interests in perceived conflict with tech companies attempting to protect user privacy. As the chief executive of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, puts it: “Recent revelations about government surveillance activities have shaken the trust of our users, and it is time for the United States government to act to restore the confidence of citizens