The founder and chief executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, has criticised the NSA and the US government for the way in which they went about collecting such huge amounts of personal data on citizens in the US and other countries.
Speaking on US TV channel ABC News, Zuckerberg said he agreed it was important to ensure the security of the population, but added that the way the agencies had gone about this – with the bulk collection of data and covert procedures – was highly damaging.
“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. 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," he said.
“I think the government really blew it on this one. 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.”
Facebook has been a leading voice against the US government’s spying tactic, with others such as Google and Microsoft also criticising the authorities and seeking to gain the right to publish more information on the data requests it receives.
In response to the spying carried out by security agencies, many tech giants in the US and UK have made moves to improve the privacy they offer users, with Yahoo pushing to encrypt all traffic to and from its network and Twitter introducing new standards to stop bulk data collection.
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