ALA joins Apple, Microsoft in demanding surveillance transparency

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies and advocates to deliver a letter to the U.S. government demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of Internet and telephone communications.

Key civil liberties organizations and major companies like Apple, Facebook and Twitter joined in the effort with dozens of other companies and organizations, large and small. A copy of the letter is available at: https://www.cdt.org/files/pdfs/weneedtoknow-transparency-letter.pdf.

Following June revelations of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the letter presses both the Obama Administration and Congress to allow Internet and telephone companies to publish general numerical information about the different types of government requests they receive and the number of people affected. The letter further pushes for the government to issue its own “transparency reports” detailing similar information about the scope of its surveillance activities.

Advocates can support the campaign by signing WeNeedToKnow, the newly launched petition directed at the White House invites the public to contribute to the call for greater transparency around government surveillance.

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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