President Obama during his January 17 NSA reform speech.
(Credit: Whitehouse.gov live stream/Screenshot by CNET)
As expected, President Obama met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google
Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and other tech
executives Friday afternoon to discuss efforts to reform the National Security
Agency's controversial surveillance programs.
"The President used this opportunity to update the CEOs on our progress in
implementing the principles and reforms he announced on January 17, including
the new Presidential Directive he issued to govern our intelligence activities
that will ensure that we take into account our security requirements, but also
our alliances; our trade and investment relationships, including the concerns
of our companies; and our commitment to privacy and basic liberties," the
White House said in a statement provided to various media outlets. "The
President reiterated his Administration's commitment to taking steps that can
give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while
preserving important tools that keep us safe."
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