It's Time to Call on US Internet Companies to Demand Accountability and Transparency

The Guardian and The Washington Post recently published slides that indicate that the US government’s National Security Agency (NSA) is engaged in mass surveillance of users around the world through a program called PRISM. The NSA is extracting audio, video, photographs, emails, documents, and connection logs from nine leading Internet companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Furthermore, the US is reportedly sharing this data with the UK government.

These major Internet companies initially denied participating in PRISM, while the US government has admitted that the program does exist and is capturing data from users all over the world.

Carefully worded denials are not enough. These companies must call for an accounting of American's secret spying programs.

Join EFF in calling on the CEOs of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, YouTube, Apple, and the President of Skype to demand a full Congressional investigation into NSA spying.

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To the CEOs of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, YouTube, Apple, and the President of Skype:

No doubt you are aware of recent allegations regarding your company’s involvement in the US government’s PRISM surveillance program. As a user of your products, I am deeply concerned to learn that your company may be working with, or acquiescing to, the US government in building detailed dossiers on your users.

Your public statement of denial is a good first step, but in order to win back the trust of your users worldwide, denials are not enough. If your company wants to clear its name, you must call for a full public accounting of America’s secret spying programs.

When the government was caught spying on American citizens in the 1960s and 70s, Congress created a special committee to investigate that resulted in legal reforms that ensured at least some judicial oversight of surveillance programs. But in recent years the scope of the surveillance has expanded and oversight has been reduced.

We need for you to join the call for Congress to act in a similar fashion by creating a committee to conduct a full and public investigation into these abuses; by enacting strong legislation to curb said abuses; and by reining in the Executive Branch. These actions are essential for you to protect all of your users' communications, wherever they reside.

Now is the chance to be at the forefront of this call to action and set the record straight.
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