The tech world is once again asking The Obama Administration to push for the end of mass data collection by the NSA on U.S. citizens, following the end of the Patriot Act Section 215 on June 8.
In a new open letter signed by some of the biggest multinational corporations in the world, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, it asks for The White House to push through new frameworks for handling surveillance and data collection.
The current way of handling data collection is to collect everyone’s, bundling the criminals and the innocent. This allows the NSA to hold data for years, even if the person has no criminal history.
Microsoft and other tech companies would like to see a new framework where the ability to collect data is done through a warrant, similar to installing cameras in a person’s house, or wiretapping a phone.
President Barack Obama seems to agree, pushing legislation last year to change the way the NSA conduct intelligence programs. The bill passed Congress, but failed to get passed the Senate. This is disappointing, considering a new bill would have to pass through a Republican backed Congress, less likely to push for new NSA laws.
The huge backlash to NSA surveillance should be enough to make some difference when Section 215 of the Patriot Act is overviewed on June 8. Whether we will see real change is still up for debate, considering how much time the NSA and other four nations in the ‘Five Eyes Defeat’ have put into making a global surveillance network.