U.S. technology companies are under pressure not just in Europe where a top court ruled recently that Google could be forced to erase certain search results on individuals, but in the U.S. as well.
Cisco Systems (CSCO) CEO John Chambers wrote President Obama last week that U.S. technology companies risk losing sales because of allegations that the National Security Agency has intercepted equipment shipments.
"We simply cannot operate this way, our customers trust us to be able to deliver to their doorsteps products that meet the highest standards of integrity and security," Chambers wrote.
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In December eight technology companies including Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) , Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO), the parent company of Yahoo Finance, called on the U.S. government to set limits on government surveillance of customers' data -- famously revealed by former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden.
Such government surveillance taxes the credibility of U.S. tech companies which "depend on gaining and keeping the trust of their users," says Martin Smith, producer of a Frontline report about the secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency. (This second part of a two-part series on the "United States of Secrets" airs tonight on local public television stations.)