Nine technological giants recently sent a letter to the United States Senate imploring the body to pass the USA Freedom Act. Giants such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple are speaking out against the massive data collection by the NSA and other agencies. This interesting information came from Gigaom in their article, “Microsoft, Google & friends urge passage of USA Freedom Act.”

The bill was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and is up in the air with the Republican gains in the midterm elections. Technological companies are disclosing more about the requests they’re getting from the government than in previous years, but the demands continue to grow in number and depth. In September, Google reported that demand for user data in U.S. criminal inquiries rose 19 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous six months. The total increase from a six-month period in 2009, when Google started tracking this information, was 250 percent.

Melody K. Smith

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