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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I am writing to you as your constituent. Recent polls show that support for NSA surveillance continues to decrease, and that most people feel modest reform proposals are insufficient. I too am deeply concerned about the major privacy implications of NSA surveillance, and I urge you to take immediate action to rein in the NSA by supporting the USA FREEDOM Act and additional reforms. Bulk collection and other NSA overreach needs to end now.

This is only the latest we’ve learned about how invasive NSA surveillance is, and how bad it is for the Internet. The NSA has helped weaken encryption, and as an Internet user, this concerns me because it makes us all less secure.

We need real change to stop the NSA’s bulk collection of our communications and communications records.

I’m urging you to vote no on bills that fail to address these serious concerns, such as S. 1631, the FISA Improvements Act.

Instead, I urge you to support real change by co-sponsoring and supporting the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 1599).

Additionally, I urge you to support amendments to the USA FREEDOM Act that would further strengthen privacy protections for innocent people inside and outside of the United States and stop the NSA’s efforts to undermine encryption standards.

Thank you for opposing unconstitutional surveillance and for supporting a free and secure Internet.
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