Reform Government Surveillance: One Letter To Rule Them All

Category: Technology / Dec 10, 2013 12:19PM EDT

Ryan Neal and Vincent Balestriere  discuss the NSA World of Warcraft spying, Xbox Live conversation monitoring, and the open letter calling for surveillance reform sent to the federal government.


Yesterday, a coalition of the country’s largest technology firms published an open letter to Congress and the President, calling for a change in surveillance tactics and practices.


We also now know that government agencies had agents involved in World of Warcraft, searching for terrorist threats and groups. Agents spied on players and collected user information, all without the alleged consent of Blizzard Inc., the company behind the game.


But the campaign was futile.


We don’t yet know if the letter sent to Congress will beget any changes - but we can talk about what can and should be done.


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