White House Accepting Citizen Feedback on Big Data/Privacy, Obama Meets With Tech Leaders Again
March 21, 2014 2:41 PM
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Some in attendance are Mark Zuckerberg and Eric Schmidt
The White House is making big data and privacy higher priorities these days as it looks to gain feedback from both tech companies and American citizens.
According to the
White House Blog
, John Podesta -- Counselor to the President -- is the head of a review of big data and privacy that will be delivered to President Barack Obama next month. But before the review ends, he wants input from everyday American citizens on how big data affects their lives and workplaces.
Podesta has already spoken with industry experts, technologists, civil society organizations and international regulators, academic researchers and privacy and civil liberties advocates. Now the mic is being passed to citizens, who can send their opinions on who they trust with their data, which technologies are particularly interesting or worrisome, and how it changes their daily lives
Responses will be included in the final review for the president.
Meanwhile, Obama is conducting some privacy reviews of his own. He is meeting with tech companies once again Friday to discuss technology, privacy and intelligence.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are expected to attend, but it isn't clear who else will join the meeting. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who attended the last meeting with the president, was unable to make it in such short notice.
met with the tech leaders
in December 2013 to discuss some of the country's top issues, like HealthCare.gov and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google's Schmidt and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg were in attendance.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden started revealing the NSA's spy programs and other activities early last year, which revealed some unsettling behaviors for tech companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo. For instance, the NSA intercepted communications between Google and Yahoo data centers without either of the companies knowing.
The NSA also created fake Facebook pages that led targets to believe they were logging into the real Facebook. Once they logged in, the NSA used malicious code to draw data from their computer.
Since, tech leaders have been very outspoken about their feelings on the NSA's spy programs. For instance, Schmidt said that the NSA's spying on data centers is "outrageous" and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is "bad public policy" and even "illegal."
Zuckerberg has been another loud voice, saying the government "blew it" and even recently
calling Obama on the phone
to complain about the NSA's spy programs on the Web.
"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," said Zuckerberg earlier this month. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."
The White House Blog
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RE: Feedback is unnecessary
3/21/2014 3:44:14 PM
Exactly... Meeting with tech leaders and accepting feedback is not needed. STOP spying on us and follow the constitution is what is needed.
RE: Feedback is unnecessary
3/21/2014 5:53:31 PM
But this way it LOOKS like Obama is "doing something" about this issue.
How many times has this President held "meetings" that actually lead to positive policy changes? I'll give you a hint, it's a number between zero and one.
The meetings are doubly pointless because he's a known horrible negotiator. He's not interested in input from others, it's his way or the highway.
RE: Feedback is unnecessary
3/21/2014 6:01:21 PM
"But this way it LOOKS like Obama is "doing something" about this issue"
Yup. To the dull masses anyhow... Anyone 1/2 way paying attention would see right through it, but I am afraid the dull masses outnumber everyone else.
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