Mark Zuckerberg Not Pacified By White House Meeting On Government Surveillance

By David Cohen 

WhiteHouse650Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and five other technology executives met with President Barack Obama at the White House last Friday to discuss the National Security Agency and government surveillance, but the meeting apparently did not adequately address Zuckerberg’s concerns, based on a statement released by the social network.

According to Bloomberg, the statement from Facebook read:

While the U.S. government has taken helpful steps to reform its surveillance practices, these are simply not enough. People around the globe deserve to know that their information is secure, and Facebook will keep urging the U.S. government to be more transparent about its practices and more protective of civil liberties.

Bloomberg reported that Obama told Zuckerberg and the other tech executives that his goal is to balance security needs with online privacy, with a White House statement saying that the president is committed to “taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe.”

Other tech executives at the White House meeting were Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp, and Box CEO Aaron Levie, according to Bloomberg, which added that Yahoo, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Twitter were also invited to take part, but their respective executives could not attend.

Readers: How will these discussions end up playing out?

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