The Global Government Surveillance Reform's website says it believes "current laws and practices need to be reformed" and it lays out reforms that would ensure "government law enforcement and intelligence efforts are rule-bound, narrowly tailored, transparent, and subject to oversight."
The technology companies' call for surveillance reform comes after this summer's revelations learned from Edward Snowden's leak about the government's top-secret surveillance, which is referenced in the group's open letter to Washington that asks for reform based on agreed-upon principles.
The group asks the world's governments to take on these principles:
1. Limiting governments' authority to collect users' information
2. Oversight and accountability
3. Transparency about government demands
4. Respecting the free flow of information
5. Avoiding conflicts among governments
There's also an open letter to Washington that says, "This summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government."
For more details about the principles visit Global Government Surveillance Reform.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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