Obama Talks Privacy, Data With Tech CEOs

President Obama met for a second time with leaders from the tech industry to discuss privacy and NSA surveillance.
Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 22, 2014

President Obama called the tech industry back to Washington Friday for another discussion on data and privacy. (Via The White House)

The topic was his administration’s progress on reforming the NSA’s surveillance programs and its investigation into keeping the balance between big data and privacy. (Via CLTV)

The meeting comes as techies continue to criticize the administration for its handling of surveillance revelations. Invitations to this meeting went out two days after Mark Zuckerbergposted a letter to his Facebook page: (Via Y Combinator)

When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”

And after the meeting, Facebook issued a new statement. Saying, while it's glad the president is taking steps to address the issue" these are simply not enough." (Via San Jose Mercury News)

The Wall Street Journal reports reps from Netflix, Google, Box, Dropbox and Palantir Technologies were also at the meeting, but declined to comment.

The meeting wraps up one week before the deadline President Obama set in January,

charging the administration to come up with new ideas for oversight of the NSA’s phone metadata collection program. (via Politico)

Attorney General Eric Holder said this week he expects to meet those deadlines and has already scheduled initial meetings with the president.