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March 22, 2014

Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

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In the lead-up to Friday’s meeting, Zuckerberg took to his own Facebook page to strongly condemn Obama’s administration for its secret spying tactics, following reports that the NSA had once used spoofs of the social network to infect computers with malware.

Facebook said Zuckerberg raised his concerns directly to Obama on Friday and was grateful for his personal engagement. In a statement, the company called it an “honest talk” about government intrusion and its toll on people’s confidence that the Internet is free and open.

“While the U.S. government has taken helpful steps to reform its surveillance practices, these are simply not enough,” said Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth.

Google recently enhanced the encryption technology for its flagship email service to make it harder for the NSA to intercept messages moving among the company’s data centers. Yahoo has promised similar steps. Representatives for Google and Netflix declined to comment on Friday’s meeting. Also attending the session were Reed Hastings of Netflix and Drew Houston of the file storage site Dropbox.

Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this report.

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