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Zuckerberg Has More Choice Words for U.S. Government

According to Zuck, the government is continuing to 'blow it' regarding privacy matters

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: November 25th, 2013 in Business » World
Mark Zuckerberg on ABC Today

This week, during an episode of “This Week on ABC Today,” highest-paid CEO of the year Mark Zuckerberg had some choice words for the U.S. government and the NSA’s surveillance techniques. “I think the government really blew it on this one,” he said. “And I honestly think that they’re continuing to blow it in some ways and I hope that they become more transparent in that part of it.”

If you recall, Zuck shared some similar sentiments for the government during the TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this September, saying that they 'blew it' and that Facebook was taking its role (in privacy matters) 'seriously'.

Facebook, however, recently came under fire when it found itself listed as one of the companies working wit the NSA’s PRISM program, providing them with information such as photos, videos, audio, and more. The report stated that the government had direct access to Facebook’s servers, which Facebook - and the many others named in the report - denied, saying that government’s information had only been obtained via subpoenas.

“You know, I certainly think that we all want national security. We want to live in a safe country and we want to be protected from risks,” said Zuckerberg during ABC Today. “I think that these things are always a balance. In terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you’re doing.”

Facebook, which doesn’t exactly have a stellar record in terms of users privacy, puts up periodic transparency reports that showcase government data requests. Along with other tech giants like Microsoft and Google, the company has rallied for more allowances as to what it can display via these reports.

Like Zuckerberg, high-ranking employees from Google also had a few words to say about the U.S. government and its relationship with the NSA.

Previously, Facebook had not been allowed to include specific information and/or numbers regarding “national security requests,” which typically fall under the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They have, however, been able to report the number of requests from law enforcement.

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